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.
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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…