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Teenagers of the 1950s

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Teenagers of the 1950s

  1. 1. THE GUIDE TO A 1950s TEENAGER In the following slides you will learn about the aspects in the life of a 1950s teenager; From literature to music and television, these aspects helped define the standard 1950s teenager.
  2. 2. The Life of the Average 1950’s Teenager
  3. 3. Before and After <ul><li>Previously, Teenage boys were taught to go to the military or find a job to support his family </li></ul><ul><li>While teenage girls were taught to take care of the household. Marriage>Education. </li></ul><ul><li>In the 1950’s, teenagers were encouraged to attend college </li></ul><ul><li>They also became more rebellious and independent </li></ul>
  4. 4. Teenagers and their Spare Time… <ul><li>Play cards, dice games, and board games </li></ul><ul><li>“ sock hop” (teen club/dance) </li></ul><ul><li>Drive-in movies </li></ul><ul><li>Bowling alleys </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1950’s Literature <ul><li>Contemporary Literature: </li></ul><ul><li>Science Fiction/Fantasy </li></ul><ul><li>Beat Generation (Beatniks) </li></ul><ul><li>Plays </li></ul>
  6. 6. Science Fiction <ul><li>The genre experienced a boom. </li></ul><ul><li>Due to fear of nuclear war, many books are set in worlds ravaged by nuclear warfare. </li></ul><ul><li>Apocalyptic themes are also popular. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Examples of Science Fiction Novels <ul><li>The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury </li></ul><ul><li>Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury </li></ul><ul><li>I am Legend by Richard Matheson </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples of Fantasy Novels <ul><li>Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien </li></ul><ul><li>Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis </li></ul>
  9. 9. Beat Generation (Beatniks) <ul><li>A group of writers that celebrate non-conformity, and anti-materialism through their writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Combine participation in gritty, worldly experiences with a search for deeper spiritual meanings in life. </li></ul><ul><li>The writers in this group redefine the meaning of “beat” as “upbeat” and “beatific.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Beatniks <ul><li>A term coin by the media which describes the stereotypical and superficial aspects of the literary movement. </li></ul><ul><li>Associated more with the negative side of this movement. </li></ul><ul><li>Drugs usage to enhance creativity and insight. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Examples of Beat Generation Literature <ul><li>The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley </li></ul><ul><li>Naked Lunch by William S. Burrough </li></ul><ul><li>Howl by Allen Ginsberg </li></ul>
  12. 12. Plays <ul><li>A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry </li></ul>
  13. 13. Rock N Roll <ul><li>Rock N Roll evolved in late 1940s and early 1950s. </li></ul><ul><li>Early Rock N Roll bands used a piano or saxophone as the lead instrument, which later got replaced by guitar(s) during the late 1950s. </li></ul><ul><li>The beat was a “Boogie Woogie Blues” type of rhythm supported by a backbeat often provided by a snare drum </li></ul>
  14. 14. Origin of Rock N Roll <ul><li>Rock N Roll can be traced back to blues songs from the 1920s and country music of the 1930s. </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily originated through mixing of genres such as gospel, folk and blues in Memphis, Chicago, New Orleans, Texas and California. </li></ul><ul><li>The creation of the phrase “Rock N Roll” is credited to Alan Freed, a disk jockey from Cleveland, Ohio. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Rocking” was commonly referred to dancing, but in the 1940s it became a slang word for “sex.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Roll” was a metaphor from medieval times meaning “having sex.” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Three Influential Artists Elvis Presley Little Richard Buddy Holly
  16. 16. Elvis Presley <ul><li>January 8 th 1935 – August 16 th 1977 </li></ul><ul><li>Nicknamed “The King of Rock N Roll” </li></ul><ul><li>Famous for songs like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” </li></ul><ul><li>Played entirely by ear, and could not read music </li></ul><ul><li>Helps to shape music today through his unique style and rhythm </li></ul>
  17. 17. Little Richard <ul><li>Richard Wayne Penniman “Little Richard” </li></ul><ul><li>December 5 th 1932 – Present </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed “Boogie Woogie,” “Gospel Music” and “Ryhthm and Blues” in his early music </li></ul><ul><li>Popular Albums: “Mr. Big,” “Rip It Up” and “Talkin’ ‘Bout Soul” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Buddy Holly <ul><li>September 7 th 1936 – February 3 rd 1959 </li></ul><ul><li>Influenced by Elvis Presley </li></ul><ul><li>Created a band called “The Crickets” </li></ul><ul><li>Popular for his vocal “hiccup” techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Strongly influenced “The Beatles” </li></ul><ul><li>Famous for songs like “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Lucille” and “Long Tall Sally” </li></ul>
  19. 19. Television and Film in the 1950s Patrick Liou 3 rd Period US History
  20. 20. Teenage trends <ul><li>Teenagers prefered watching movies at cinemas because of privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Older people chose to stay home and watch television </li></ul>
  21. 21. Popular Actresses/Actors <ul><li>Paul Newman </li></ul><ul><li>Marilyn Monroe </li></ul><ul><li>James Dean </li></ul><ul><li>Kim Novak </li></ul>
  22. 22. Hollywood focuses on teens <ul><li>Movie producers focused on a younger market of teenagers </li></ul><ul><li>High School Confidential </li></ul><ul><li>Rock Around the Clock </li></ul><ul><li>The Girl Can’t Help It </li></ul>
  23. 23. Television <ul><li>Became most dominant form of mass communication </li></ul><ul><li>What was portrayed on TV became what was normal </li></ul><ul><li>1954 – colored TVs </li></ul>
  24. 24. Popular TV Shows <ul><li>Sitcoms were most popular </li></ul><ul><li>I Love Lucy </li></ul><ul><li>Disneyland </li></ul><ul><li>The Honeymooners </li></ul><ul><li>Father Knows Best </li></ul>

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