Unformatted text preview: US in the 1950s: The Eisenhower
Years, Stereotype and Reality
1 min questionnaire: section 4. Last time, what about the North?
Discussion sections: Warriors Don’t Cry
Extra Credit Opportunity tomorrow, Thursday, Nov 12: Dr. Jim
Guth ,Furman University, "Religious Influence on Foreign Policy
Attitudes of American Citizens."
3:30 in Room 135 of the USC Law School
Make up Exam: Sat Dec 5 10:30-Noon Gambrell 005 The 1950s Cyclical Theory of
American In some ways, the 1950s were like the
1920s—a reaction against the
experimentation and government
expansion of the New Deal and WWII. The 1950’s also set the stage for many
aspects of the rebellions of the 1960s. Remember our reading for this week is a
story of the 1950s. Eisenhower: 1st Republican PostEisenhower:
New Deal president. Booming Postwar Economy
Booming Housing boom, stimulated in part by easily
affordable mortgages for returning
members of the military, added to the
expansion. The nation's gross national
product rose from about $200,000 million
in 1940 to $300,000 million in 1950 and to
more than $500,000 million in 1960.
more Holiday Inn and McDonalds founded. Eisenhower’s Foreign Policy
Eisenhower’s Continued the Cold War policies initiated
by Harry Truman, including the politics of
containment and began our commitment
to S. Vietnam
to Eisenhower’s Domestic Policies:
Continuation of New Deal policies, even
though Ike was a Republican
though Did not repudiate the New Deal. Govt
spending went from $62 and $92
billion/year. The Baby Boom
The Children/Women in Canada and US (note
the spike btw 1946 and early 1960s)
the Big increase in number of births,
1946-1964 Decreasing age of marriage
Decreasing 1940: 21.5 1950: 20.3 1956: 20.1 Postwar Suburbanization
Postwar By 1960, 3 out of 5 American
families owned a home
families Most of those homes included a tv: 1948 tv
1950s: 5-8 million sets sold/year The car culture
The Cultural Shifts in the 1950s
Cultural Youth culture Rock and Roll and Race Chuck Berry
Chuck Elvis Presley
Elvis The “Beat Poets”
The America I've given you all and now I'm nothing.
America two dollars and twenty-seven cents
January 17, 1956.
I can't stand my own mind.
America when will we end the human war?
Go f___ yourself with your atom bomb
I don't feel good don't bother me.
I won't write my poem till I'm in my right mind.
America when will you be angelic?
When will you take off your clothes? Mad Magazine and the culture of
satire Beginnings of a new sexual ethos
Beginnings Women and the “problem that has
no name” Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique
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