American Dream of the 1950s How do people live the “American Dream”?

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<ul><li> Slide 1 </li> <li> American Dream of the 1950s How do people live the American Dream? </li> <li> Slide 2 </li> <li> American Business more people move into higher-paying white collar professions (managers, sales, clerical) Corporations expand buying other companies, creating conglomerates Some form franchises like Ray Croc who bought McDonalds &amp; franchised out the business </li> <li> Slide 3 </li> <li> Suburban America Middle-class whites leave the cities, go to suburbs white flight Incredible # of children born after the war known as the baby boom, family &amp; values emphasized 50s television also glorifies women as homemakers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sam9wP_uMEA Entertainment industry expands w incl. drive-in theatres &amp; 3-D movies &amp; comics. Sports also very popular (MLB &amp; NFL) </li> <li> Slide 4 </li> <li> Automobile Culture Suburban living made the car a necessity Good advertising &amp; easy credit terms made cars popular Interstate Highway System federal govt builds a nationwide network of roads &amp; highways Interstate Hwy make high speed trucking possible People also flock to vacation spots </li> <li> Slide 5 </li> <li> Pop Culture of the 50s Television is the new form of mass media (5% of homes in 1950, 55% by 1954, 90% by 1959) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ-IPXpvRaU Invention of TV Guide &amp; TV Dinners make viewing easier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49Qn38WdTTs Beatniks Beat movement starts in San Francisco, people who didnt believe in the mainstream conformity of the 1950s </li> <li> Slide 6 </li> <li> Teenagers 50s begins emergence of the teenager Numerous products geared towards teens (clothes, music, hygiene) Comics, movies &amp; music geared toward the teenage audience Rock N Roll Chuck Berry, Richard Penniman &amp; Bill Haley make Rock N Roll popular amongst teens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5fsqYctXgM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ofD9t_s ULM&amp;feature=related Elvis Presley brings Rock n Roll into the mainstream </li> <li> Slide 7 </li> <li> When America was Rocked 1.How did the Ed Sullivan Show help Elvis? 2.How was Elvis changing America? 3.How were teens influenced by rock? 4.How could rock n roll lead to the turmoil of the 60s? </li> </ul>

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