hist1121950s - US in the 1950s: The Eisenhower Years,...

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Unformatted text preview: US in the 1950s: The Eisenhower Years, Stereotype and Reality Years, 1 min questionnaire: section 4. Last time, what about the North? Discussion sections: Warriors Don’t Cry Discussion Warriors Extra Credit Opportunity tomorrow, Thursday, Nov 12: Dr. Jim Extra Guth ,Furman University, "Religious Influence on Foreign Policy Attitudes of American Citizens." Attitudes 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 History American In some ways, the 1950s were like the In 1920s—a reaction against the experimentation and government expansion of the New Deal and WWII. The 1950’s also set the stage for many The aspects of the rebellions of the 1960s. Remember our reading for this week is a Remember story of the 1950s. Eisenhower: 1st Republican PostEisenhower: New Deal president. Booming Postwar Economy Booming Housing boom, stimulated in part by easily Housing 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 Continued 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 Did 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 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 ownership: 300,000 ownership: 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 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 satire Beginnings of a new sexual ethos Beginnings Women and the “problem that has no name” Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique Betty The ...
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