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Video: Objective 7.6-Fifties Pop Culture
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Pete Seeger Little Boxes

1950s cars had style

1959 First EVER Barbie Commercial

Disneyland opens 1958

Billy Graham
London Crusade 120,000 at Wembley Stadium
1957 NYC Crusade
Billy Graham Draws Record Crowd to Yankee Stadium
Bev Shea "How Great Thou Art" full (Billy Graham New York Crusade 1957)
Remembering George Beverly Shea, Billy Graham Crusade Soloist dies at 104

Interstate Highway Act


Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows: playlist

Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows: 1950s

Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows: 1960s

Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows: 1970s

Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows: 1980s

I Love Lucy clips:

Lucy hires a maid

English pronunciation

Chocolate factory

Why we remember song lyrics so well

Mix - Little Richard, Tutti Frutti

Mix - Danny & the Juniors - At The Hop (American Bandstand 1958)
This is the one to use first

Best Songs of 1950s - Greatest Hits of Rock and Roll, Music Videos
Can click and go directly to YouTube

Best Songs of 1960s

Best Songs of 1970s

Jerry Lee Lewis: Great Balls of Fire

Buddy Holly: Peggy Sue

Danny and the Juniors: At the Hop

Book Of Love: The Monotones

Bobby Darin - Dream Lover

Rockin' Robin

Bill Haley ? His Comets: Rock Around The Clock

Elvis Presley: Jailhouse Rock

Chubby Checker:,The Twist

Richie Valens: La Bamba

Ricky Nelson: Hello Mary-Lou

Teen queens of the 1950s

Rock & Roll 50's Mix - 1 hour

Best Songs of the 1950s (1953-1957)

Los Angeles in the 1950s

My Website Spotlight blog posts that pertain to this module

Quiz Show (American Experience)

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Miller Center (University of Virginia)

Items to fit in below:

TIME magazine (1923-present)

TIME magazine covers

LIFE magazine

dMarie Time Capsule

Billboard #1 song on a specific date

Film History by Decade

American Cultural History (Lone Star College Library)

Women in the 1950s (Stanford History Education Group)

Ray Kroc obituary

Ed Sullivan obituary

Margaret Sanger obituary

This period characterized by sustained economic growth and prosperity.
[Reminds me greatly of the 1920s, as if America had been interrupted by the Depression and World War II, and then had taken up where it left off.]

Baby boomers
Highest birth rate in American history.
Created increased demand for housing, automobiles, schools, and anything else associated with growing families.
Continued impact today of the baby boom generation.

See also:

The Year 1954

The Quiz-show Scandal

Eugene Ferkauf, Founder of E. J. Korvette Chain, Dies at 91 -

Automobile industry
Check out these cars!
An Account of 1950s Cars

Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. obituary


Levittown: mass–produced housing. Growth of the suburbs.
1. Read through home page
Levittown An Ideal American Suburb
2. Pete Seeger song makes fun of these suburbs
YouTube - Little Boxes

Building Suburbia EDSITEment

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Presidential Timeline: Dwight Eisenhower
1. Click on "Timeline" (Explore the lives of the Presidents)
2. Then Click on Dwight Eisenhower
3. Click on each item in his Timeline that is of interest to you.

1952 presidential election:
Go to this website and click on the thumbnails at the bottom to watch the commercials from both the Republican and Democratic candidates for the 1952 U.S. presidential election: Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson.

Elvis Presley

On This Day: Elvis Presley Makes First Professional Recording at Sun Studio

Elvis rocks The Milton Berle Show — This Day in History — 6/5/1956

More Mr. Nice Guy: Pat Boone

Remembering the 50s: This website has all of the hit songs from the 1950s

Page 1:
a. Those Fabulous Fifties Movies
b. Those Fabulous Fifties TV Shows
c. Songs. Plus your own choices from
At The Hop
Honey Comb
Great Balls Of Fire
Splish Splash

Page 2:
a. 50s Oldies Clips
b. Songs. Plus your own choices from
Be Bop A Lu La
Dream Lover
Earth Angel
Maybe Baby
Purple People Eater
Young Love
Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On

Page 3:
Rockin' Robin
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

The Fifties Web: Check out the following in particular
1. Slang. Four different pages: A-B, C-F, G-M, N-Z
2. Women's Fashion: Various subheadings on the left sidebar

Disneyland in the 1950s
1. Disneyland in 1955
2. Disney and more LIFE Magazine at Disneyland in the 1950's Part One

Barbie Dolls
1. Barbie (Doll)
2. Happy Birthday, Barbie NYT

Barbie doll

1956 presidential election
Go to this website and click on the thumbnails at the bottom to watch the commercials from both the Republican and Democratic candidates for the 1956 U.S. presidential election: Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson.

Religious revivals

Religion combats atheistic communism.
1. Billy Graham (Wikipedia)
2. Billy Graham's 1957 New York City Crusade website
Home page has 20 sections to choose from. Each section has several exhibits.

Betty Friedan
The Feminine Mystique (1963).
Women expected to get married and have children
Women often felt empty and incomplete. They wondered: "Who am I?"
1. Betty Friedan (Wikipedia)
2. The Feminine Mystique (Wikipedia)
3. American Writers Betty Friedan

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Critique of executive conformity.
1. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (Wikipedia)
2. YouTube - The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) TRAILER

Leave it to Beaver
1. Leave It to Beaver (Wikipedia)
2. YouTube - leave it to beaver episodes
Try out at least 3 episodes to get the flavor of their content.

Ozzie and Harriet
1. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (Wikipedia)
2. YouTube - ozzie and harriet episodes
Try out at least 3 episodes to get the flavor of their content.

Ricky Nelson: Rock Star son of Ozzie and Harriet
1. Ricky Nelson (Wikipedia)
2. Remember When
Check out the excellent 50s Photos
3. Poor Little Fool

I Love Lucy
Went a bit beyond the 1950s conformity (Ricky's role).

YouTube - I Love Lucy episodes
Try out at least 3 episodes to get the flavor of their content.

‘I Love Lucy’ writer Madelyn Pugh Davis dies at 90 - The Washington Post

Here is the outline I used for my previous Research and Writing class, based upon David Halberstam's The Fifties.

POLI 300 Wiki Page (Prior to edit)


Chapter 1 (3-19) Franklin D. Roosevelt; Yalta
Chapter 2 (20-48) From A-Bomb to H-Bomb

Chapter 24 (330-358) H-Bomb: Oppenheimer, Teller
Chapter 6 (87-100) H-Bomb

Chapter 3 (49-61) Senator Joseph McCarthy


Chapter 4 (62-77) Korean War: initial stages
Chapter 5 (78-86) General Douglas MacArthur

Chapter 7 (101-115) Korean War: Chinese entry; MacArthur replaced


Chapter 8 (116-130) General Motors; automobile craze

Chapter 32 (487-495) General Motors: Chevrolet, Ed Cole
Chapter 42 (629-642) Competitors to General Motors


Chapter 9 (131-143) Levittown; suburbia
Chapter 10 (144-154) Korvette's; discount stores

Chapter 11 (155-172) McDonald's; Ray Kroc; drive-in culture
Chapter 12 (173-179) Holiday Inns; motels


Chapter 14 (188-194) Television in politics; Estes Kefauver
Chapter 16 (203-223) 1952 presidential election: candidates
Chapter 17 (224-242) Use of television in 1952 election

Chapter 18 (243-253) Dwight D. Eisenhower's background
Chapter 23 (311-329) Richard Nixon's background


Chapter 39 (587-598) Women's Roles; Betty Friedan
Chapter 35 (521-536) Social critics; Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Chapter 20 (272-281) Kinsey Reports
Chapter 21 (282-294) Birth control; Margaret Sanger
Chapter 40 (599-606) The "Pill"
Chapter 37 (564-576) Marilyn Monroe; Hugh Hefner
Chapter 38 (577-586) Peyton Place: Grace Metalious


Chapter 31 (456-486) Rock and Roll: Elvis Presley; James Dean

Chapter 13 (180-187) Decline of radio; rise of television; Milton Berle
Chapter 15 (195-202) Television: Lucille Ball
Chapter 34 (508-520) TV sitcoms: Ozzie and Harriet
Chapter 43 (643-666) Quiz shows: Charles Van Doren


Chapter 28 (411-428) Sup. Ct: Earl Warren; Brown v. Bd. of Education
Chapter 29 (429-441) Emmett Till: death in Mississippi

Chapter 30 (442-455) Black migration to North; mechanical cotton picker
Chapter 36 (539-563) Montgomery: Rosa Parks; Martin Luther King, Jr.
Chapter 44 (667-698) Little Rock High School


Chapter 25 (359-369) Iran: role of CIA

Chapter 26 (370-388) Guatemala: CIA; United Fruit; Dulles brothers
Chapter 27 (389-410) French Indochina: events leading up to Dienbienphu


Chapter 41 (607-628) Space program; Von Braun; Sputnik

Chapter 45 (699-712) Ike's problems; U-2 shot down; Francis Gary Powers
Chapter 46 (713-733) Cuba: Castro takes power; U.S. response