The 1950s in the United States were and era of traditionalism and family values. They were also a time of innovation and change that would affect the future of US history.
The 1950s By: Sarah Jordan
The 1950ś saw men who had been off fighting in World War II come home. Many of the men got married and started families. There was a really high birth rate because of the men home from war and the generation who grew up in the 1950ś are known as Baby Boomers.
New jobs were created for men returning home from war because of increased consumerism and the end of WWII. This increase in jobs meant a shift away from the average American living in cities to the average American living in suburbs. The increased use of cars made it very easy to live away from cities and thus, the popularity of suburbs grew.
The 1950ś saw the beginning of a car culture in the United States. More and more people owned cars and were looking for stylish cars to show off with. The highway system was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and more people started to commute to work. Drive-in movies became popular, especially with the youth, and drive throughs started appearing.
The 1950ś also saw the popularity of the television grow. The television was invented before World WarII, but had not gained popularity until the 1950ś. During the 50ś, TV´s were in most homes and familyś would gather around their televisions to watch it together. There were only three channels for people to chose from.
A final big part of the 1950ś is family life and teenagers. Women were placed into traditional homemaker roles, expected to only do chore and obey the husbands every wish. If women did work, they had traditionally feminine jobs like teachers or nurses. The modern stereotypical teenager developed during this time, rebellious teens who go to the football games and school dances, and the mold still exists today.
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