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March 2005 HST 202 Mollno Final Exam – Take Home Essay American youth was without a doubt not like it is today: kids sagging their pants below their knee caps, skirts getting shorter and shorter, the constant self-destruction of any credibility rap had going… No. Things were much different back in the 1950s. But it was in the 1950s that American youth, economy, and culture had taken a change towards something different, something new. Youth culture emerged in the mid-1950s due to the baby boom taking place after World War II. This new, growing culture would later lead to teenage protests and participation that would impact the second half of the twentieth century, giving it a rightful place in history. Youth culture began to gain recognition in the early 1950s with the publication of J.D. Salinger’s 1951 novel Catcher in the Rye and the 1955 films Blackboard Jungle and Rebel without a Cause . These novels “highlighted the alienation of at least some young people from the world of adult respectability.” (GML, p. 961) It was also the work of these productions that in turn caused a mid-1950s panic about “juvenile delinquency.” Youth culture is also highlighted with the present of comic books. One thing that apparently has not changed is the way this country likes to believe entertainment kills. In 1954, a Senate committee held hearings on whether violent comic books caused criminal behavior among young people, a battle that the movie, television, and video game industries are still fighting today. These youths “rejected middle-class norms” and is what
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one would guess was the emergence of “trying to be cool.” Teenage gangs came into
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