Dissatisfaction. Those Who Found the Era Too Conformist, Too Restrictive, Too Materialistic or Just Plain Boring. Exhibit Credits. Special thanks to students of my MCS 233 class (Spring 2004) for information on the Mansfield Schools of Texas and the public schools of Delaware:
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Those Who Found the Era Too Conformist, Too Restrictive, Too Materialistic or Just Plain Boring.
Kiley Hyland, Tara Rosenow, Kate Howard, Nicholle Breikjern, Theresa Nygaard, Teresa Sachow, Tyson Zitzow, Melissa Doll.
How desegregation was carried out in many southern schools
Although it had high ratings (an used real African-American actors, unlike the radio show), “Amos ‘n Andy” was cancelled after viewers protested its portrayal of Black life in America.
“Sh-Boom” was first recorded by the Chords, “Earth Angel” by the Penguins – black groups. The Crew Cuts made them into hits.
While “That’s All Right Mama” and “My Baby Left Me” made Presley rich, songwriter Arthur Crudup quit performing as segregated clubs: “I was making everybody rich, and here I was poor.”
Pat Boone made a career of “covering” Black songs – “Roll with me Henry” became “Dance with me Henry,” “Long Tall Sally” (Little Richard) was “sanitized” and many other songs were redone and sold as Boone’s hits.
Dick Clark (above, with The Coasters) barely survived the revelation that DJs and music hosts were paid to promote certain groups and records.
Rock’s first “super promoter” produced concerts that were integrated and helped black performers get recording contracts, until he was ruined in the payola scandal.
He died in 1965, age 43.
The ERA was first introduced in 1923.
It came closest to passage in 1950s when US Senate approved it (excluding ‘protective legislation’) by a vote of 63 to 11.
“I never found a woman who fit that ‘happy housewife’ image.”
The Feminine Mystique
In 1965, the US Supreme Court struck down state laws that prevented the sale of birth control devices.
Kerouac, and Neal Cassaday, 1952.
On the Road was written on a roll of teletype paper, in one week, as Kerouac “simply followed the movie in his head.”
The book inspired the “Beat Generation.”
Allan Ginsberg’s free-verse poem “Howl” denounced all that was “wrong” in American society.
Like Kerouac, Ginsberg helped create the Beat movement, later influenced many 1960s ‘counter-cultural” activities.
Arrested numerous times for obscenity while on stage, Bruce died of a drug overdose – many fans insisted he was murdered by police.
In several 1950s essays (including “The White Negro,” Mailer compared the fears of the average American about the Cold War to the problems that African-Americans faced every day.