The end of World War II brings thousands of young servicemen back to America
- to start new families - in new homes - with new jobs -

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poodle1  1950 - 1959  poodle2

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.

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The world population is 2.5 billion,
and in the United States it surpasses 150 million.
The baby boom is underway...

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The minimum wage is raised to $1.00/hour,
and 22% of American wives now work outside the home.
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Americans begin buying products not available during the war.
More than 45 million households have television sets
and car sales reach 6,665,800

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After processing 12 million immigrants into the United States, Ellis Island closes.

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In 1954, the phrase
"under God"
is added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley makes his television debut,
American Bandstand goes national, and

~ Rock 'n' Roll ~

is here to stay. . .

45 RPM Records Sock Hop Malt Shops
Records, sock hops, and malt shops are "in."

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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.

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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."

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So, what's new in the fifties?

Poodle Skirt
  • Poodle skirts
  • Hula Hoops
  • Bomb Shelters
  • Frozen Pizza
  • 3-D Movies

  • Sugar Frosted Flakes
  • Contraceptive Pills
Teen
  • Direct Dial Coast to Coast
  • Home Microwave Ovens
  • Disneyland
  • Barbie Dolls
  • McDonalds
  • Polio Vaccines
  • Credit Cards
Credit Cards
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Music
You have been listening to a medley of 1950's hits.

References

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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