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The Fifties



The Fifties were a time of conformity. Everyone was happy for the war being over and for everything returning to "normal." This was also a time of a great baby boom since the returning veterans hadn’t seen their wives in a long time. Everything, however was the same, and disruption of this sameness was frowned upon, such as rock ‘n’ roll.

Elvis Presley made his debut with his rock ‘n’ roll and gyrating hips. There were other rockers, too. Bill Haley flew with his comets to the top with "Rock Around the Clock" being in "The Blackboard Jungle." Jerry Lee Lewis set more than balls a-fire when he married his thirteen year old cousin! Buddy Holly was crankin’ out the goodies when he was tragically killed in a plane wreck.

The movies turned to religion as the people got more religiously involved. "Ben Hur" was a big box office hit, along with a little flashier, "The Seven Year Itch", with Marilyn Monroe. James Dean and Marlon Brando, whom Dean admired, were the rebels of Hollywood. They tore up the screen with their bad boy personas. Elizabeth Taylor and Natalie Woods also dazzled fans with their beauty. Sidney Poitier also broke the stereotype of an African American doing menial tasks for white people.

In literature, Wilbur the pig made his debut in the well-loved book Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. Jack Kerouac made his generation groove with the "beat." Charles Schultz introduced us to "Good ole’ Charlie Brown" while The Cat in the Hat kept us tongue twisted.

This was the first decade where television was actually available and affordable to middle class America. "I Love Lucy" and "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" made America laugh. "Leave it to Beaver" and "Howdy Doody" were there to entertain the kids, while Dad may like watching "Gunsmoke" and mom may like gameshows such as "The 64,000 Question."

Hank Aaron and Willie Mays are probably two of the best baseball players of all times, to mention the fact that they were African American and the idols to thousands of kids everywhere. Mickey Mantle was also kicking up dust in the world of baseball.

All the girls were out hula hooping in their poodle skirts (which must make it alot easier than with jeans) while the guys were out hunting up some coon skin caps. Frisbees could be seen flying through the air in as many places as one could find little girls playing with their new Barbie dolls.

Alot of changes were happening in society, also. Rosa Parks was "tired" of everything, so she refused to give up her seat to a white man on the bus. This aided in changing the civil rights of Americans forever. The Rosenbergs also changed America. They helped keep the Red Scare real for millions. The Edsel may have been a failure for Ford, but the Beatniks were a welcome change for their generation.


A Few Links



this is 'bout Marilyn Monroe...
here's one on Cary Grant...
this one's on the Mickey Mouse Club...
this one's 'bout tv an radio an stuff...
this one's on football in the 50s...
this is one 'bout the 50's ....good site....
here is one over the fifty years of tv....
this is one on the Phil Silver's Show....
here is one 'bout Lassie in French....
here is another one on the fifties....
this is one on Howdy Doody's twin brother....
here is one on Marilyn Monroe...it has one with a good list of all of her movies....
this one is on Marlon Brando's movies.....
this one is on Elvis movies with a brief summary of his life....
this is the Nick at Nite website....it has alot of good stuff....this is where i got the Phil Silver's show stuff.....
this one is about Superman and other tv shows....
this one is about Joe McCarthy and the Red Scare...it also has links to other fifties stuff....
here is another good fifties one......
here is one on Bwana Devil.....