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1950s Society and Culture

  1. 1. 1950's Society and Culture
  2. 2. The Cold War at Home psyche paranoia Duck and cover J. McCarthy Rosenbergs HUAC
  3. 4. 1950’s SOCIETY AND CULTURE
  4. 5. “ A cold war kid in McCarthy’s time…….” Leningrad by Billy Joel                                        
  5. 13. WELCOME TO LEVITTOWN                             
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  7. 18. 1950'S CULTURE MUSIC BABY BOOM WOMEN paranoia Duck and cover SUBURBS LITERATURE TV CONFORMITY
  8. 21. LEVITTOWN <ul><li>BABY Boom – 21 million babies </li></ul><ul><li>GI bill </li></ul><ul><li>36 houses a day built in Levitt developments </li></ul><ul><li>17,000 houses total </li></ul><ul><li>1955 ¾ of houses built in US were like Levit’s suburbs </li></ul>                            
  9. 25. LEVITTOWN $6,900 $100 down
  10. 26. DUCK AND COVER
  11. 27. “ America’s first massed produced suburb…” <ul><li>How did Levitt’s homes benefit returning GI’s? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the cost of a Levitt home </li></ul><ul><li>What does a Levitt home list for today </li></ul><ul><li>What percentage of Americans live in suburbs today </li></ul><ul><li>How is a suburb different from a city? </li></ul><ul><li>Summary Question: </li></ul><ul><li>William Levitt said he wanted to make a profit and a difference. In what way did he end up doing both? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Even the Sticks began to bustle” </li></ul><ul><li>In what way was the growth of Colonie similar to the growth of Levittown? Think of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Affordability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who bought the homes and wh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Growth </li></ul></ul>
  12. 28. Let's Play House Answer the questions below based on the video “The Fifties .” <ul><li>Facts and figures: </li></ul><ul><li>Number of marriages in 1946? </li></ul><ul><li>How many babies were born between 1945 and 1950? </li></ul><ul><li>Average age for marriage? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the expectations for women in the 1950’s. </li></ul><ul><li>How did educational films reinforce theses expectations? </li></ul><ul><li>What professions were open to women? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did many women drop out of college. </li></ul><ul><li>What indications were there that women were growing increasingly unhappy with their role as housewives? </li></ul><ul><li>Why were many women concerned about being successful in college. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Explain the significance of Betty Freidan’s book The Feminine Mystique </li></ul>

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