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The Fabulous 50’s
The 1950s were a transition from the conservatism, restraint and formality of the 1940s, to a freer, looser, more informal style.
As cinema, television and rock 'n' roll swept the world, however, the youth market clambered to copy the 'style of the stars'.
The influx of American cinema and television brought many new fashion ideas to the masses and prompted many young people to copy the fashion of their favorite movie stars.
James Dean and Marlon Brando influenced jeans, leather boots, and a white t-shirt, which symbolized rebellion for boys everywhere.
The influence of rock n’ roll craze brought full skirts in bright colors and pants which were pinched in at the waist to emphasize the waist and bust.
Young women also wore tight-fitting blouses tucked into slim-line calf-length trousers called 'Capri' pants or 'pedal pushers'.
Color TV was introduced
Truman signs peace treaty with Japan, officially ending WWII
Car seat belts introduced
First Playboy magazine
Segregation ruled illegal in U.S.
Montgomery bus boycott began in 1955
Peace symbol was created
People moved from rural areas to cities and from cities to suburbs.
Religion made a big resurgence in America. In 1950, 49% of Americans were church members; by 1960, the figure had jumped to 69%.
Teens instead worked part-time jobs or received allowances from their parents, giving them money to spend on fun non-essentials.
Teens of the following decade imitated the defiant, rebellious, let-loose pattern of this slightly older group.
Throughout the 1950s both unemployment and inflation remained low.
From 1950 to 1959, the total number of females employed increased by 18%.
The number of college students doubled and getting a college education wasn’t just for the rich or elite.
While many different types of music came and went throughout the first 4 decades of the 1900s, rock and roll came in the 1950s and has stayed in America ever since.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower took office in 1953.
On July 29, 1958, Eisenhower signed a bill creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).