Growing Up in the 1950s: The Hopes and Frustrations of a Prosperous Age.
This presentation focuses on the conflicting currents of the 1950s. The prosperity of the age led many people to believe they could create a stable family life similar to the ones depicted in TV shows such as Ozzie and Harriett and in the Fun With Dick and Jane books they read in school. Good jobs, inexpensive suburban homes, affordable cars, food and entertainment, plus the middle class “acceptance” of assigned roles for men, women, and children reinforced the hopes of a generation. However, the Cold War, the exclusion of African-Americans, the women’s movement, rock and roll and the “discovery” of sex created a strong counter current to mainstream culture.
Horizons Speakers Bureau - Philip C. Dolce, Ph.D.
Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Professor of History at Bergen Community College
A program administered by New Jersey Council for the Humanities and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.