From the Edsel to Eisenhower, from Mau Mau to Doris Day, and form Ayn Rand to Elvis, contributors to The Other Fifties topple the decade's already weakened image as a time of unprecedented peace, prosperity, and conformity.From Library Journal:
While many people's idea of the 1950s may come from reruns of Happy Days, this book explores forces lurking behind the visage of a grinning Ike. Although the 1960s stand out as a decade of social upheaval, the 1950s had the Korean War, Joseph McCarthy, the beginning of desegregation, and polio. Selected by editor Foreman (English, George Mason Univ.), the essays in this book concentrate on popular culture as both the agent of social change and its reflection. Using icons from Elvis to the Edsel, Foreman shows how the subtle cultural changes of the 1950s foreshadowed the dramatic transformations of the next decade. Perhaps nothing symbolized our changing vision of ourselves more than television, with ethnic shows such as The Goldbergs or Life with Luigi early in the decade giving way by its close to ethnically neutral Ozzie and Harriet and the Cleavers. For popular culture collections.?Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
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