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That's a great question, don't you think? We will answer it in class on Thursday in a (hopefully) fun activity, but to prepare, we should do a little background reading and watching. Watch the videos below, read over the ABC-CLIO links posted below, and read "The Fifties" in Creating America (28-3, pp. 800-803).

FOR HOMEWORK, CREATE A LIST (EITHER IN PRINT OR ONLINE) OF POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES CONCERNING LIFE IN THE FIFTIES FOR CLASS ON THURSDAY!

The Cold War at Home / The Economy Booms / The Sky is the Limit / Boom-Time for Babies and Houses




An overview of the Red Scare and McCarthyism



The "Duck and Cover" video - 1950 classic - a must watch


Some more 1950s Cold War propaganda - giggles
Bad:

Fear of Atomic Bomb
Communists invaded South Korea (US controlled)
Korean War
Red Scare
McCarthy trials
Civil Defense from bombs
Minorities were left behind
Sputnik
Housing shortage
Separate but equal/ civil rights
Lack of everything in baby boom generation
Good:
MacArthur was disgraced
Alger Hiss found guilty
Economy boomed after WWII
New technology
Better education
Industry went up
Better working wages
More vaccines and antibiotics/less disease
Space race, science moving forward
More families
Civil rights