An Era of Paradox

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An Era of Paradox You've probably seen old pictures of movie theater audiences decked out in colored glasses to see a 3-D movie—the films were all the rage in the Fifties. And you might need something like 3-D glasses fully appreciate this odd decade; to view the Eisenhower years in three dimensions, you need to look from a number of different perspectives. Everywhere you turn, the Fifties are marked by paradoxes. They were a time of peace and a time of fear; a time of prosperity and a time of unease; a time of conformity and a time of rebellion; a time of renewed religion and a time of widespread materialism. The Fifties gained a reputation for being a placid time. Citizens moved to the suburbs, spun Hula Hoops, watched inane television shows, and lived lives of smug oblivion. "Rarely in American history has the craving for tranquility and moderation commanded more general public support," said a public opinion analyst of the time. 4
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