The 1950s - The 1950s In A Nutshell The decade before...

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The 1950s In A Nutshell The decade before brought World War II, the beginning of the Cold War, and the dawn of the atomic age; the decade after brought disaster in Vietnam and an explosive counterculture among young people in home. But the 1950s? The Eisenhower era? Sandwiched in between some of the most dramatic periods in US history, it's easy to think of the Fifties as a bore, a time when very little happened in America. But in reality the fifties were anything but a simple sleepy interlude in our history. With American and Soviet forces stockpiling H-bombs in preparation for a nuclear showdown, President Eisenhower had to negotiate the tensest decade of the Cold War. Many of the social tensions that would later erupt in the 1960s—especially over race and civil rights—were already moving into the forefront of America's social consciousness. And all the while, the era's widespread prosperity fundamentally reshaped the American way of life. Why Should I Care?
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