The Fearful. The Fabulous. The Forgotten.
The Fearful 1. The Iron Curtain Descends on Europe 2. The Korean War: Truman Stays True to his Word 3. America Reacts: McCarthyism, Nuclear War Drills and Bomb Shelters You Tube: Do it Yourself Fallout Shelter
The Presidents of the Fifties Harry Truman (D) 1945-52 Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower (R) 1952-1960 • Fair Deal Plan • Successes • Increase in minimum wage (.75) • Expansion of Social Security • Increase low income housing • Failures • Republicans and Dixiecrats • opposed his civil rights legislation • Successes • Interstate Highway Act • Brown v. Topeka Bd. of Ed. • Failures • During the 1950’s, about 20% • of U.S. pop. – particularly people • of color and those living in inner • cities and Appalachia lived below • the poverty level.
The Fabulous Youth Culture Emerges The Fifties Family It’s Elvis’ Fault You Tube: Elvis on Ed Sullivan Show
Baby boom causes population growth. • Demand for goods exceeds supply. • Highways and affordable homes make suburban living desirable. New Baby Boom?
The Forgotten What Women? Juvenile Delinquency Marginalized: Blacks fight for Civil Rights You Tube: Rock n Roll and Juvenile Delinquency