Pop Culture In The 1950s

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The United States has always been a country of rapid growth, improvement and change. The transformation America went through for a few decades in the past century marked critically important events that influenced history to the fullest. Facing good and bad times, every citizen would agree to say the words of Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a dream.” Whether it was fighting for change and personal rights, or entertaining oneself to ignore the feeling of being deprived of daily necessities and ability to afford them, there came a time of social unity to address the substantial issues. Popular Culture impacted each decade in its unique and inimitable way, which brought forth changes critically necessary for the United States to be formed into…show more content…
The movie industry was under attack in the 1950s. Television became popular to the point where people would not be interested in going to the movies, but rather stay at home with the family to enjoy favorite shows. Some of the shows include The Price is Right which originated on ABC in 1956, I love Lucy, and many others. Though television became the movies’ foe, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, James Dean and others, being some of the greatest stars, made sure show business was in its shape. New technology improving movies and experiments with 3-D provided audience. Drive-in movie theaters gained much popularity as well. “Early efforts to portray rodeo cowboys flowered with Robert Mitchum's movie performance as Jeff McCloud in The Lusty Men (Nicholas Ray, 1951) and continued into early 1960s movies such as Clark Gable's and Marilyn Monroe's The Misfits…” Music became a big sensation with the coming of Elvis Presley in the mid-1950s. Rock ‘n roll was popularized and everybody became insane over the new genre. Musicians were paid well and were in high demand every single day of the week compared to having to work only seasonally prior to the breakthrough. The 1950s also changed the household system. The decade brought forth most appliances we now take for granted, thus making life a lot easier and giving the start to the modern American family. Fashion did not have a…show more content…
People were actively working for change in America, in social life and in government. The decade was most well-known for its movements and fight for different rights. The Civil Rights movement began in the 1960s, bus desegregation was achieved by numerous efforts, and Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the rights of blacks. The decade was also one of the most creative periods in modern history. The Civil Rights Acts was passed in the year of 1967 making it illegal to discriminate anyone according to their race, skin color, sex, personal beliefs, and religion. The 1960s was an amazing time for music. Only the best was produced during the decade, not one song could be considered a regret. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and many others had such an influence and changed music forever. At the beginning of the 1960s fashion was more restrained and conservative giving a more classic look to ones’ wardrobe. Towards the end of the decade, it was the complete opposite while women wore very short skirts, men wore short sleeve tunics, and more skin was shown than ever before. Movies hit a major boom, with Breakfast at Tiffany’s performed by Audrey Hepburn and the first popular horror film Psycho, the 1960s were an innovative time in the cinema. As for the children, it was a gold mine of toys. Manufacturers made every effort to produce electronic toys. After successfully doing business by manufacturing a themed toy of
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