The Fifties

The Way We Really Were

Author: Douglas T. Miller,Marion Nowak

Publisher: VNR AG

ISBN: 9780385112482

Category: History

Page: 444

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Surveys the social, cultural, and political history of the United States during the decade of the 1950's.

America in the Fifties

Author: Andrew J. Dunar

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815631033

Category: History

Page: 351

View: 8550


Shows how the issues confronted America in the late twentieth century have roots in the fifties, some apparent at the time, others only in retrospect: civil rights, environmentalism, the counterculture, and movements on behalf of women, Chicanos, and Native Americans. This book is useful for instructors of American history survey courses.

Going Home to the Fifties

Author: Bill Yenne

Publisher: Last Gasp

ISBN: 9780867196436

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 143

View: 462


Going Home to the Fifties presents the ideals of suburban living as seen through the lens of magazine advertisements of the era. Full-colour ads accompany the text to guide the reader on a journey through an idealised neighbourhood of the times from the schools, roads and commuter trains to the homes, kitchens and backyards.

British Cinema in the Fifties

Gender, Genre and the 'New Look'

Author: Christine Geraghty

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134694644

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 1222


In the fifties British cinema won large audiences with popular war films and comedies, creating stars such as Dirk Bogarde and Kay Kendall, and introducing the stereotypes of war hero, boffin and comic bureaucrat which still help to define images of British national identity. In British Cinema in the Fifties, Christine Geraghty examines some of the most popular films of this period, exploring the ways in which they approached contemporary social issues such as national identity, the end of empire, new gender roles and the care of children. Through a series of case studies on films as diverse as It Always Rains on Sunday and Genevieve, Simba and The Wrong Arm of the Law, Geraghty explores some of the key debates about British cinema and film theory, contesting current emphases on contradiction, subversion and excess and exploring the curious mix of rebellion and conformity which marked British cinema in the post-war era.

The Fifties

Author: David Halberstam

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453286071

Category: History

Page: 816

View: 3563


This vivid New York Times bestseller about 1950s America from a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist is “an engrossing sail across a pivotal decade” (Time). Joe McCarthy. Marilyn Monroe. The H-bomb. Ozzie and Harriet. Elvis. Civil rights. It’s undeniable: The fifties were a defining decade for America, complete with sweeping cultural change and political upheaval. This decade is also the focus of David Halberstam’s triumphant The Fifties, which stands as an enduring classic and was an instant New York Times bestseller upon its publication. More than a survey of the decade, it is a masterfully woven examination of far-reaching change, from the unexpected popularity of Holiday Inn to the marketing savvy behind McDonald’s expansion. A meditation on the staggering influence of image and rhetoric, The Fifties is vintage Halberstam, who was hailed by the Denver Post as “a lively, graceful writer who makes you . . . understand how much of our time was born in those years.” This ebook features an extended biography of David Halberstam.

The Fifties

A Women's Oral History

Author: Brett Harvey

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059522959X

Category: History

Page: 230

View: 2625


Many think of America in the 1950s as our last happy decade, with every family just like the one in "Leave it to Beaver" and every woman living just like Donna Reed. In fact, it was a time of great fear, especially for women, and especially the fear of not fitting in. As a woman, you were odd if you graduated from college without being married; if you were married you were odd if you didn't immediately have children; if you had children you were odd if you also wanted to work. Before the feminist movement, women were treated as second-class citizens whose roles were utterly restricted, and The Fifties: A Women's Oral History fully explores those roles, the women who lived them, and the women who broke the molds.

Great Fashion Designs of the Fifties

30 Haute Couture Costumes by Dior, Balenciaga and Others

Author: Tom Tierney

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486249605

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 4298


Two lifelike paper dolls and 30 haute couture outfits by Chanel, Paquin, Jacques Heim, Mainbocher, Pauline Trigere, Givenchy, Cardin, Norell, other greats. Full Color. Publisher's Note. Captions.

The Fifties Mystique

Author: Jessica Mann

Publisher: The Cornovia Press

ISBN: 190887807X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 2349


Many young women 'long to put the clock back to the post-war years when life seemed prettier and nicer.' In this book Jessica Mann demolishes such preconceptions about their mothers' or grandmothers' young days, showing that in reality life was uglier and nastier. Born just before WW2, she grew up in the post-war era of austerity, restrictions and hypocrisy, before anyone even dreamed of Women's Lib. The Fifties Mystique is both a personal memoir and a polemic. In explaining the lives of pre-feminists to the post-feminists of today, Mann discusses the period's very different attitudes to sex, childbirth, motherhood and work, describes how she and other young women lived in that distant world with its forgotten restrictions and warns against taking hard-won rights for granted.