The 1950s

Synopsis

Have the 1950s been overly romanticized? Beneath the calm, conformist exterior, new ideas and attitudes were percolating. This was the decade of McCarthyism, Levittowns, and men in gray flannel suits, but the 1950s also saw bold architectural styles, the rise of paperback novels and the Beat writers, Cinema Scope and film noir, television variety shows, the Golden Age of the automobile, subliminal advertising, fast food, Frisbees, and silly putty. This volume presents a nuanced look at a surprisingly complex time in American popular culture.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2004