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1953 Sexual Behavior in the Human
v Premarital sex was common. v Extramarital affairs were frequent
among married couples.
among Kinsey’s results are an assault on the family
as a basic unit of society, a negation of moral
law, and a celebration of licentiousness.
-- Life magazine, early 1950s
Life 10A. Progress Through
1951 -- First IBM Mainframe Computer
1952 -- Hydrogen Bomb Test
1953 -- DNA Structure Discovered
1954 -- Salk Vaccine Tested for Polio
1957 -- First Commercial U. S. Nuclear
1958 -- NASA Created
1959 -- Press Conference of the First 7
American Astronauts 10B. Progress Through
Science 1957 Russians launch SPUTNIK I
SPUTNIK 1958 National Defense
Education Act 10C. Progress Through
UFO SightingsScience in the 1950s.
skyrocketed War of the
Worlds Hollywood used aliens as a metaphor
for whom ??
?? 10D. Progress Through
Atomic Anxieties: “Duck-and-Cover
Generation” Atomic Testing:
Atomic 1946-1962 U. S. exploded 217
nuclear weapons over the
Pacific and in Nevada. The 50s Come to a
“Kitchen Cold War ----->
Tensions <----- Technology
<----& Affluence Class Discussion Topic:
The postwar era witnessed
tremendous economic growth and rising
social contentment and conformity. Yet in
the midst of such increasing affluence and
comfortable domesticity, social critics
expressed a growing sense of unease with
American culture in the 1950s.
Assess the validity of the above
statement and explain how the decade of
the 1950s laid the groundwork for the social
and political turbulence of the 1960s.
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