The end of World War II brings thousands of young servicemen back to America
- to start new families - in new homes - with new jobs -
1950 - 1959
But, it isn't long before our young men are once again in harms way.
In June of 1950, President Truman sends troups to Korea.
The fighting continues until the Korean war ends in 1953.
|The world population is 2.5 billion,|
and in the United States it surpasses 150 million.
The baby boom is underway...
The minimum wage is raised to $1.00/hour,
22% of American wives now work outside the home.
Americans begin buying products not available during the war.
More than 45 million households have television sets
and car sales reach 6,665,800
After processing 12 million immigrants into the United States, Ellis Island closes.
In 1954, the phrase
is added to the Pledge of Allegiance.
Records, sock hops, and malt shops are "in."
Elvis Presley makes his television debut,
American Bandstand goes national, and
~ Rock 'n' Roll ~
is here to stay. . .
|Defying Alabama law, Rosa Parks refuses to give her bus seat to a white man, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the first major U.S. civil rights movement.|
By the mid fifties, the Supreme Court rules that race-based segregation is unconstitutional and public school desegregation is underway.
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik I and Sputnik II,
the United States establishes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
and suddenly we enter the "Space Age."
So, what's new in the fifties?
- Poodle skirts
- Hula Hoops
- Bomb Shelters
- Frozen Pizza
- 3-D Movies
- Sugar Frosted Flakes
- Contraceptive Pills
- Direct Dial Coast to Coast
- Home Microwave Ovens
- Barbie Dolls
- Polio Vaccines
- Credit Cards
You have been listening to a medley of 1950's hits.
Kingwood College Library, 20th Century Cultural History, 1950-1959.
The History of Rock 'n' Roll, The Goden Decade - 1955 to 1964
Rock and Roll, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Montgomery Bus Boycott, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Sputnik, the fortieth anniversary, NASA
NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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