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Pop Goes the Decade : the Fifties

Author: Ralph G Giordano
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
Series: Pop goes the decade
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Covering significant historical and cultural moments, public figures and celebrities, art and entertainment, and technology that influenced life during the decade, this book documents the 1950s through the lens of popular culture. On the surface, the 1950s was a time of post-war prosperity and abundance. However, in spite of a relaxation of immigration policies, the "good life" in the 50s was mainly confined to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Giordano, Ralph G.
Pop goes the decade.
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
(DLC) 2017007833
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph G Giordano
ISBN: 9781440844713 1440844712
OCLC Number: 952789403
Description: xxvi, 360 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Timeline --
Background and introduction --
Exploring popular culture --
Film --
Television --
Technology --
Music --
Literature --
Sports --
Art and architecture --
Fashion --
Media and advertising --
Controversies --
Game changers --
Legacy.
Series Title: Pop goes the decade
Other Titles: Fifties
Responsibility: Ralph G. Giordano ; With Essay Contributions by Matthew R. Giordano, Jeff Benjamin, and Omar Swartz.

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"Covering significant historical and cultural moments, public figures and celebrities, art and entertainment, and technology that influenced life during the decade, this book documents the 1950s through the lens of popular culture. On the surface, the 1950s was a time of post-war prosperity and abundance. However, in spite of a relaxation of immigration policies, the "good life" in the 50s was mainly confined to white non-ethnic Americans. A new Cold War with the Soviet Union intended to contain the threat of Communism, and the resulting red scare tinged the experience of all U.S. citizens during the decade. This book examines the key trends, people, and movements of the 1950s and inspects them within a larger cultural and social context. By highlighting controversies in the decade, readers will gain a better understanding of the social values and thinking of the time. The examination of the individuals who influenced American culture in the 1950s enables students to gauge the tension between established norms of conformity and those figures that used pop culture as a broad avenue for change--either intentionally, or by accident."--Publisher's website.

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