The 1950s: Comfort, Consumerism & Conformity. The “Leave it to Beaver” image vs. Reality. First of all, the 1950s were (for most) an era of unprecedented prosperity and expansion.
The “Leave it to Beaver” image
The general prosperity notwithstanding, there was a large group of other Americans –immigrants, blacks, inner city dwellers, rural poor, Native Americans – that remained unaffected by the outburst of new products and stayed very poor. But they were largely ignored…