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Between 19, Congress held 84 hearings designed to put an end to “un-American activities” in the federal government, in universities and public schools and even in Hollywood.
These hearings did not uncover many treasonous activities–or even many communists–but it did not matter: Tens of thousands of Americans lost their jobs, as well as their families and friends, in the anti-communist “Red Scare” of the 1950s.
Almost as soon as World War II ended, developers such as William Levitt (whose “Levittowns” in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania would become the most famous symbols of suburban life in the 1950s) began to buy land on the outskirts of cities and use mass production techniques to build modest, inexpensive tract houses there. These houses were perfect for young families–they had informal “family rooms,” open floor plans and backyards–and so suburban developments earned nicknames like “Fertility Valley” and “The Rabbit Hutch.” However, they were often not so perfect for the women who lived in them.
Every night families huddled around the TV to watch their favorite shows, which was usually a western like Gunsmoke or anything featuring Lucille Ball.
Her arrest sparked a 13-month boycott of the city’s buses by its black citizens, which only ended when the bus companies stopped discriminating against African American passengers.
Acts of “nonviolent resistance” like the boycott helped shape the civil rights movement of the next decade.
If you’re name had two M’s in it you were a guaranteed star.
Mickey Mantle, Marilyn Monroe and Mickey Mouse all were some of the most famous stars of them all.The booming prosperity of the 1950s helped to create a widespread sense of stability, contentment and consensus in the United States.However, that consensus was a fragile one, and it splintered for good during the tumultuous 1960s. Unfortunately, paranoia about Communism made a lot of good people act bad.