American Dream of the 1950s How do people live the “American Dream”?

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  • American Dream of the 1950s How do people live the American Dream?
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  • American Business more people move into higher-paying white collar professions (managers, sales, clerical) Corporations expand buying other companies, creating conglomerates Some form franchises like Ray Croc who bought McDonalds & franchised out the business
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  • Suburban America Middle-class whites leave the cities, go to suburbs white flight Incredible # of children born after the war known as the baby boom, family & values emphasized 50s television also glorifies women as homemakers Entertainment industry expands w incl. drive-in theatres & 3-D movies & comics. Sports also very popular (MLB & NFL)
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  • Automobile Culture Suburban living made the car a necessity Good advertising & easy credit terms made cars popular Interstate Highway System federal govt builds a nationwide network of roads & highways Interstate Hwy make high speed trucking possible People also flock to vacation spots
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  • Pop Culture of the 50s Television is the new form of mass media (5% of homes in 1950, 55% by 1954, 90% by 1959) Invention of TV Guide & TV Dinners make viewing easier Beatniks Beat movement starts in San Francisco, people who didnt believe in the mainstream conformity of the 1950s
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  • Teenagers 50s begins emergence of the teenager Numerous products geared towards teens (clothes, music, hygiene) Comics, movies & music geared toward the teenage audience Rock N Roll Chuck Berry, Richard Penniman & Bill Haley make Rock N Roll popular amongst teens ULM&feature=related Elvis Presley brings Rock n Roll into the mainstream
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  • When America was Rocked 1.How did the Ed Sullivan Show help Elvis? 2.How was Elvis changing America? 3.How were teens influenced by rock? 4.How could rock n roll lead to the turmoil of the 60s?