1950s in America: myths and truth

Erol, Nasiye Deniz
The 1950s are remembered as the period when conformity was the most intense feeling in the United States in terms of the immense growth in the American economy, its post-war social effects and cultural development. During this period, while the daily lives of the citizens of the United States changed drastically; long- term conservative trends became more established and influential. The current developments of the period also affected the cultural climate by introducing new forms of entertainment, and by changing the old understandings of classical art. Although this period is often remembered with words such as "prosperity" and "progress", there are many perspectives that reflect the events of the period in question. The aim of this thesis is to analyze the daily life, social and cultural developments of the 1950s, and to show that the 1950s period was actually the beginning of the collapse of conformity. It also aspires to illuminate some often- neglected aspects by examining a number of television series, movies and music movements of the period.


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Citation Formats
N. D. Erol, “1950s in America: myths and truth,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.