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The Fifties Political conservatism, meanwhile, was in retreat — especially after having been tarred by association with McCarthyism during the first half of the decade. That said, social conservatism was still quite influential, with churches more involved in the private morals of their parishioners than today (such as in the case of the Catholic Legion of Decency, for example). The Civil Rights Movement kicked off in the latter half of this decade, but it would take awhile yet for it to trickle down into the mainstream. Most Northern whites were in favor of ending segregation, but they disagreed with the tactics of the civil rights activists, which they considered "radical"; their frustration would only deepen in The Sixties as black activism became even more militant. Segregation was still so pervasive that many whites either weren't aware it existed or accepted it complacently as the natural order of things. In the South, of course, there were the separate drinking fountains and bathrooms and lunch counters and schools, but even in the North
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Unformatted text preview: de facto segregation was enforced through redlining, where bank managers would mark out 'poor' neighborhoods with a red marker (the practice theoretically discriminated by class rather than race, although urban blacks were disproportionately affected) and refuse to invest in businesses or make mortgage loans for people living there, and 'sundowning', suburbs where people of colour were prevented (sometimes officially) from entering after sundown. Despite this, as postwar societies tend to be, The Fifties were seen at the time as a society in which everything every day in every way was getting better and better. Between the space race and the relentless stream of new gadgetry here on Earth, most people confidently looked forward to a completely automated future not unlike that shown on The Jetsons . The 1956 short Design For Dreaming (later revived by MST3K ) was produced in all seriousness....
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