The 50's And 60's

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The Century America made great strides in human rights, entertainment, and technological breakthroughs during the 1950s and 1960s. Events such as wars and the battle over who would get into space first went on during this time. Individual's who became famous during this period were Elvis Pressley and John Kennedy. They each made their own marks on people during this time. President Eisenhower was known during this time period for a lack of activity. America made history during this time period and it may not have all been positive, but it will certainly stay in the minds of those who lived in the 1950s and early 1960s People started a new lifestyle once the Korean War was over. America could stand tall once again. President Eisenhower told people that everything would get back to normal. An economic burst happened in America due to the ending of the war. As a result life was great in America.

97% of people were married and children were being born at record rates. People who always wanted stability, now had it and were living life to the fullest.

Also in the early 1950's the television was becoming more affordable and the radio became virtually extinct. Families spent 1/3 of their a wake time in front of a television. People were paralyzed by the television. Soon though radio would make a return. During the 1950's, a new type of music started. Rock and Roll was born. Rock stars such as Elvis Pressley became very popular with teenagers and youngsters. Parents on the other hand did not find rock and roll to be a positive influence, but it didn't matter, rock and roll was here to stay and during the late 1950s and into the 1960s it showed no sign of slowing down.

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