1950's Happy Days Essay

1157 WordsDec 9, 20125 Pages
Reed Mueller p. 4a 5-1-12 The 1950’s (Happy Days) The 1950’s were called the “Happy Days” for multiple reasons. We were finished with a huge war, and our economy was booming. Social, political and economic policies were popping up everywhere. Many things define why the 1950’s were the “Happy Days” in the U.S. Whether it was the end of the Korean War for the U.S. or the economic boom that helped define what we call the “American Dream” the 1950’s were great times for America. During the 1950’ many public and social booms happened. For instance the Baby Boom was huge in the 1950’s. In 1957 it was estimated that 1 baby was born every 7 seconds. (Silverman 1) Also suburban living was expanding and becoming very common. Starting in…show more content…
And with these new things brought new jobs, more money being made, the economy was growing, and that’s only a small portion of what some things affected. Some of the things that changed the 50’s were hit movies such as: Superman and The Lone Ranger.(4) Aside from that a huge hit was Walt Disney’s creation of Disneyland which was opened up in 1955.(4) Teen culture was sparked by the new sound of “Rock ‘N Roll”, and a huge icon in that genre was the hip swinging Elvis Presley.(Silverman 5) Teen culture in the 1950’s took off with the introduction of “Rock ‘N Roll”. An estimated 13 million teens spent $7 billion in 1956.(5) Teens felt free to do whatever they wanted, but that was not totally true. There were many common rules for the teen society in the 1950’s. Some of the rules were: Obey authority, control your emotions, and don’t even think about sexual intercourse.(Silverman 6) Religion in the 1950’s was pretty big too. It was said that it was un-American to be un-religious.(6) It was also a time for the apex of Biblical Epics such as: The Robe, The Ten Commandments, and Ben Hur, all coming out from 1953-1959.(6) Church membership nearly doubled from 1940-1960.(6) Many religions were against communism. But what American isn’t against communism? Along with the coming out of hit television shows, movies, and music, technology was advancing a lot too. In 1951, the first IBM Mainframe Computer was built.(Silverman 7) Shortly after
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