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eBook The 1950s: Key Themes and Documents, 1st Edition

  • James S. Olson Sam Houston State University
  • Mariah Gumpert
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  • ISBN-10: 1440861331
  • ISBN-13: 9781440861338
  • DDC: 973.92
  • 376 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018
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Overview

This volume covers the entire decade of the 1950s, from the uneasy peace following World War II to the beginnings of cultural discontent that would explode in the 1960s. It highlights key historical, social, and cultural elements of the period, including the Cold War and perceived communist threat; the birth of the middle class and establishment of consumer culture; the emergence of the civil rights movement; and the normalization of youth rebellion and rock and roll. An introduction presents the historical themes of the period, with alphabetical encyclopedic entries relating to period-specific themes comprises the core reference material in the book. The book also contains a range of primary documents with introductions and a sample Documents Based Essay Question. Features include Top Tips<\Q> for answering Documents Based Essay Questions, a thematic chronology, and specific learning objectives readers can use to gauge their working knowledge and understanding of the period.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in the Unlocking American History Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
How to Use This Book.
Key Themes.
Introduction.
Alphabetical List of Entries.
Topical List of Entries.
List of Primary Documents.
1: The Abbott and Costello Show.
2: Acheson, Dean.
3: The Adventures of Kit Carson.
4: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
5: The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.
6: The Adventures of Superman.
7: The Affluent Society.
8: Airline Industry.
9: Allen v. Merrill (1957).
10: American Bandstand.
11: American Communications Association v. Douds (1950).
12: Anka, Paul.
13: Atomic Bomb.
14: Automobile Industry.
15: Baby Boom.
16: Baldwin, James.
17: Beats.
18: Ben-Hur.
19: Bennett, Tony.
20: Berry, Chuck.
21: The Big Bopper.
22: Blackboard Jungle.
23: The Blob.
24: Bomb Shelters.
25: Boston Celtics.
26: Brando, Marlon.
27: Bridge on the River Kwai.
28: Brooklyn Dodgers.
29: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954).
30: Cambodia.
31: Castro, Fidel.
32: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
33: The Catcher in the Rye.
34: Censorship.
35: The Chantels.
36: Charles, Ray.
37: Cinemascope.
38: Civil Rights Act of 1957.
39: Civil Rights Movement.
40: Cold War.
41: Cole, Nat King.
42: Common Market.
43: Consumer Culture.
44: Containment.
45: Cooke, Sam.
46: Cooper v. Aaron (1958).
47: Credit Cards.
48: The Crucible.
49: Cuba.
50: Cuban Americans.
51: Davis, Miles.
52: Davy Crockett.
53: Dean, James.
54: Dennis v. United States (1951).
55: Desegregation.
56: Disneyland.
57: Doctor Zhivago.
58: Domino, Fats.
59: Domino Theory.
60: Doo-Wop.
61: Dragnet.
62: Drive-In Theater.
63: The Ed Sullivan Show.
64: Edsel.
65: Educational Tracking.
66: Eisenhower, Dwight D..
67: Election of 1952.
68: Election of 1956.
69: The Everly Brothers.
70: Father Knows Best.
71: The Fly.
72: Francis, Connie.
73: Freed, Alan.
74: Giant.
75: Gibson, Althea.
76: Ginsberg, Allen.
77: Go Tell It on the Mountain.
78: Graham, Billy.
79: Great Leap Forward.
80: Guatemala.
81: Gunsmoke.
82: Guys and Dolls.
83: Haley, Bill.
84: High Noon.
85: Hitchcock, Alfred.
86: Hogan, Ben.
87: Holiday Inn.
88: Holly, Buddy.
89: Hollywood Ten.
90: The Honeymooners.
91: Hula Hoop.
92: Hungarian Rebellion.
93: Hydrogen Bomb.
94: I Love Lucy.
95: IBM.
96: Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.
97: Invisible Man.
98: Iran.
99: The Jack Benny Show.
100: Jencks v. United States (1959).
101: Juvenile Delinquency.
102: Kelly, Grace.
103: Kent v. Dulles (1958).
104: Kerouac, Jack.
105: King, Martin Luther, Jr..
106: The King and I.
107: Korean War.
108: Leave It to Beaver.
109: Levittown.
110: Lewis, Jerry Lee.
111: Little Richard.
112: Little Rock, Arkansas.
113: The Lone Ranger.
114: A Long Day's Journey into Night.
115: Lord of the Flies.
116: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.
117: Mantle, Mickey.
118: Mao Zedong.
119: Marciano, Rocky.
120: Marshall, Thurgood.
121: Mathis, Johnny.
122: Matsu-Quemoy Crises (1954–1955, 1958).
123: Mays, Willie.
124: McCarthy, Joseph.
125: McClellan Committee.
126: McDonald's.
127: McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents (1950).
128: The Mickey Mouse Club.
129: Military-Industrial Complex.
130: Miller, Arthur.
131: Monroe, Marilyn.
132: Montgomery Bus Boycott.
133: Movies.
134: Murrow, Edward R..
135: My Fair Lady.
136: My Son John.
137: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Alabama Ex Rel. Patterson (1958).
138: National Defense Education Act of 1958.
139: National Highway Act of 1956.
140: National Security Council Memorandum-68.
141: Native American Church v. Navajo Tribal Council (1959).
142: Native American Relocation.
143: Native American Termination.
144: Nelson, Rick.
145: New Look.
146: New York Yankees.
147: Nuclear Power.
148: Olympic Games, 1952.
149: Olympic Games, 1956.
150: Parker, Charlie.
151: Parks, Rosa.
152: “Peanuts”.
153: Polio.
154: Polish Rebellion.
155: Pollock, Jackson.
156: The Power Elite.
157: Presley, Elvis.
158: Quiz Show Scandals.
159: A Raisin in the Sun.
160: Rand Corporation.
161: Rebel without a Cause.
162: Records.
163: Red Monday.
164: Red Scare.
165: Robinson, Jackie.
166: Robinson, Sugar Ray.
167: Rock and Roll.
168: Rodgers and Hammerstein.
169: Rosenberg, Julius and Ethyl.
170: Service v. Dulles (1957).
171: Singin’ in the Rain.
172: Smith Act of 1950.
173: Space Race.
174: Spock, Benjamin.
175: Sputnik.
176: Steel Strike.
177: Suburbia.
178: Suez Crisis (1956).
179: Sun Records.
180: Sweatt v. Painter (1950).
181: Sweezy v. New Hampshire (1957).
182: Teamsters.
183: Teenagers.
184: Television.
185: 3-D Movies.
186: Tibet.
187: Till, Emmett.
Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in the Unlocking American History Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
How to Use This Book.
Key Themes.
Introduction.
Alphabetical List of Entries.
Topical List of Entries.
List of Primary Documents.
1: The Abbott and Costello Show.
2: Acheson, Dean.
3: The Adventures of Kit Carson.
4: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
5: The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.
6: The Adventures of Superman.
7: The Affluent Society.
8: Airline Industry.
9: Allen v. Merrill (1957).
10: American Bandstand.
11: American Communications Association v. Douds (1950).
12: Anka, Paul.
13: Atomic Bomb.
14: Automobile Industry.
15: Baby Boom.
16: Baldwin, James.
17: Beats.
18: Ben-Hur.
19: Bennett, Tony.
20: Berry, Chuck.
21: The Big Bopper.
22: Blackboard Jungle.
23: The Blob.
24: Bomb Shelters.
25: Boston Celtics.
26: Brando, Marlon.
27: Bridge on the River Kwai.
28: Brooklyn Dodgers.
29: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954).
30: Cambodia.
31: Castro, Fidel.
32: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
33: The Catcher in the Rye.
34: Censorship.
35: The Chantels.
36: Charles, Ray.
37: Cinemascope.
38: Civil Rights Act of 1957.
39: Civil Rights Movement.
40: Cold War.
41: Cole, Nat King.
42: Common Market.
43: Consumer Culture.
44: Containment.
45: Cooke, Sam.
46: Cooper v. Aaron (1958).
47: Credit Cards.
48: The Crucible.
49: Cuba.
50: Cuban Americans.
51: Davis, Miles.
52: Davy Crockett.
53: Dean, James.
54: Dennis v. United States (1951).
55: Desegregation.
56: Disneyland.
57: Doctor Zhivago.
58: Domino, Fats.
59: Domino Theory.
60: Doo-Wop.
61: Dragnet.
62: Drive-In Theater.
63: The Ed Sullivan Show.
64: Edsel.
65: Educational Tracking.
66: Eisenhower, Dwight D..
67: Election of 1952.
68: Election of 1956.
69: The Everly Brothers.
70: Father Knows Best.
71: The Fly.
72: Francis, Connie.
73: Freed, Alan.
74: Giant.
75: Gibson, Althea.
76: Ginsberg, Allen.
77: Go Tell It on the Mountain.
78: Graham, Billy.
79: Great Leap Forward.
80: Guatemala.
81: Gunsmoke.
82: Guys and Dolls.
83: Haley, Bill.
84: High Noon.
85: Hitchcock, Alfred.
86: Hogan, Ben.
87: Holiday Inn.
88: Holly, Buddy.
89: Hollywood Ten.
90: The Honeymooners.
91: Hula Hoop.
92: Hungarian Rebellion.
93: Hydrogen Bomb.
94: I Love Lucy.
95: IBM.
96: Intercontinental Ballistic Missile.
97: Invisible Man.
98: Iran.
99: The Jack Benny Show.
100: Jencks v. United States (1959).
101: Juvenile Delinquency.
102: Kelly, Grace.
103: Kent v. Dulles (1958).
104: Kerouac, Jack.
105: King, Martin Luther, Jr..
106: The King and I.
107: Korean War.
108: Leave It to Beaver.
109: Levittown.
110: Lewis, Jerry Lee.
111: Little Richard.
112: Little Rock, Arkansas.
113: The Lone Ranger.
114: A Long Day's Journey into Night.
115: Lord of the Flies.
116: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.
117: Mantle, Mickey.
118: Mao Zedong.
119: Marciano, Rocky.
120: Marshall, Thurgood.
121: Mathis, Johnny.
122: Matsu-Quemoy Crises (1954–1955, 1958).
123: Mays, Willie.
124: McCarthy, Joseph.
125: McClellan Committee.
126: McDonald's.
127: McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents (1950).
128: The Mickey Mouse Club.
129: Military-Industrial Complex.
130: Miller, Arthur.
131: Monroe, Marilyn.
132: Montgomery Bus Boycott.
133: Movies.
134: Murrow, Edward R..
135: My Fair Lady.
136: My Son John.
137: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Alabama Ex Rel. Patterson (1958).
138: National Defense Education Act of 1958.
139: National Highway Act of 1956.
140: National Security Council Memorandum-68.
141: Native American Church v. Navajo Tribal Council (1959).
142: Native American Relocation.
143: Native American Termination.
144: Nelson, Rick.
145: New Look.
146: New York Yankees.
147: Nuclear Power.
148: Olympic Games, 1952.
149: Olympic Games, 1956.
150: Parker, Charlie.
151: Parks, Rosa.
152: “Peanuts”.
153: Polio.
154: Polish Rebellion.
155: Pollock, Jackson.
156: The Power Elite.
157: Presley, Elvis.
158: Quiz Show Scandals.
159: A Raisin in the Sun.
160: Rand Corporation.
161: Rebel without a Cause.
162: Records.
163: Red Monday.
164: Red Scare.
165: Robinson, Jackie.
166: Robinson, Sugar Ray.
167: Rock and Roll.
168: Rodgers and Hammerstein.
169: Rosenberg, Julius and Ethyl.
170: Service v. Dulles (1957).
171: Singin’ in the Rain.
172: Smith Act of 1950.
173: Space Race.
174: Spock, Benjamin.
175: Sputnik.
176: Steel Strike.
177: Suburbia.
178: Suez Crisis (1956).
179: Sun Records.
180: Sweatt v. Painter (1950).
181: Sweezy v. New Hampshire (1957).
182: Teamsters.
183: Teenagers.
184: Television.
185: 3-D Movies.
186: Tibet.
187: Till, Emmett.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

James S. Olson

James Olson has been chair of the history department at Sam Houston State University since 1988. Recipient of the university's Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Research awards in past years, Dr. Olson last year was named Distinguished Professor, the highest academic rank in the university. He currently teaches courses on the Vietnam War, World War II, and a variety of other topics in twentieth-century American history. Dr. Olson is the author, co-author, or editor of over twenty books, including THE ETHNIC DIMENSION IN U.S. HISTORY; SAVING CAPITALISM: THE RECONSTRUCTION FINANCE CORPORATION AND THE NEW DEAL, 1933-1940; CATHOLIC IMMIGRANTS IN AMERICA; WINNING IS THE ONLY THING: SPORTS IN AMERICA SINCE 1945; and WHERE THE DOMINO FELL: AMERICAN AND VIETNAM, 1945 to 1990. His most recent book, JOHN WAYNE: AMERICAN, co-authored with Randy Roberts, has attracted major public as well as scholarly attention and recently won the National Book Award of the Popular Culture Association. He is currently finishing a history of breast cancer.