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1950s __ "Clashes between communism and capitalism dominated the decade, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. The conflicts included the Korean War and the beginning of the Space Race with the launch of Sputnik I."  an encyclopedic article with links to additional materials. - illustrated - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1950s

 

The 1950s __ ""Ain't nothing but a hound dog" was barely heard through a crowd of wild teenagers of the 1950's listening to their teen idol, Elvis! "  An overview of pop-culture in the 1950s. An overview of the 1950s for kids. - From kidsnewsroom.org - http://www.kidsnewsroom.org/elmer/infoCentral/frameset/decade/1950.htm

 

1950s history including Popular Culture, Prices, Events __ A general look at some cultural specifics, prices and trivia about the '50s. - From thepeoplehistory.com - http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1950s.html

 

The 1950s — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts __ "“America at this moment,” said the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1945, “stands at the summit of the world.” During the 1950s, it was easy to see what Churchill meant. The United States was the world’s strongest military power. Its economy was booming, and the fruits of this prosperity–new cars, suburban houses and other consumer goods–were available to more people than ever before..."  There is a lot of material to explore here. - illustrated - From history.com - http://www.history.com/topics/1950s  

 

1950s Timeline - History Timeline of the 1950s __ Annotated timeline of important dates and events. - From about.com - http://history1900s.about.com/od/timelines/tp/1950timeline.htm

 

The 1950s Timeline of Important Dates __ Annotated timeline of the 1959s beginning in 1890 with the birth of 'Ike.' - From shmoop.com - http://www.shmoop.com/1950s/timeline.html

 

African American History and Women - Timeline 1950-1959 __ Annotated timeline. - From about.com - http://womenshistory.about.com/od/aframwomentimeline/a/aaw1950_time.htm

 

 

American History - 1950-1959 __ "The end of World War II brought thousands of young servicemen back to America to pick up their lives and start new families in new homes with new jobs. With an energy never before experienced, American industry expanded to meet peacetime needs. Americans began buying goods not available during the war,..."  A good overview with many additional resources. - illustrated - From kclibrary.lonestar.edu - http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decade50.html

 

America's Best History - U.S. Timeline 1950-1959 __ Well annotated timeline of the 50s. - From americasbesthistory.com - http://americasbesthistory.com/abhtimeline1950.html 

 

Category:1950s fashion __ An index of articles related to 1950s fashion found in Wikipedia - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:1950s_fashion 

 

Cinema History: The 1950s -- Focus on American Films __ A history and overview of 1950s films. - From Robert E. Yahnke - http://www.tc.umn.edu/~yahnk001/film/cinema4.htm

 

The Cold War and the 1950s __ read a lecture about American Foreign Policy in the 1950s - From Stanley K. Schultz - http://us.history.wisc.edu/hist102/lectures/lecture24.html 
 
Documents Show CIA Had 'Hit Lists' in Guatemala in 1950s __ "The CIA, plotting to overthrow the Guatemalan government in the 1950s, compiled "hit lists" and began training Central American assassins to kill political and military Communist leaders." Learn what happened, if anything. - From Mount Holyoke College - http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/guatemal.htm 


The Fifties __ ""Korea and Kruschev. I Like Ike, but Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The Red Scare and ``Blue Suede Shoes.'' Peter Pan and the Kinsey Report. June Clever and Joseph McCarthy. Edsel and Sputnik. Hula hoops and H-bombs." - Yep, it's all there. - from Oak Ridge National Laboratories - http://www.ornl.gov/info/swords/fifties.html 

 

 


The Fifties: The Golden Age of Television __ The Fifties is known as the Golden Age of Television largely because of the variety shows which dominated the early part of the decade. Variety was to the early Fifties what the Western was to the late Fifties. - illustrated - From fiftiesweb.com - http://www.fiftiesweb.com/variety.htm 


Fifties Website Home Page __ A great "generalist" website about the 1950s. Articles and information about everything from TV to fashion. - illustrated - From fiftiesweb.com - http://www.fiftiesweb.com/

 

A History of American Agriculture: 1950 __ Timeline of agriculture in the 50s. - From agclassroom.org - http://www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/1950.htm  


Literature & Culture of the American 1950s __ This is an extensive collection of readings and links. - From University of Pennsylvania - http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/home.html 

 

Mickey Mouse Club __ A brief overview of a 1950s icon. Do you still know the words of the song? - illustrated - From fiftiesweb.com - http://www.fiftiesweb.com/annette.htm

 

Photobucket | 1950s Pictures, 1950s Images, 1950s Photos __ Several pages of click-to-enlarge photos of the 1950s. - illustrated - From photobucket.com - http://photobucket.com/images/1950s/  

 


The Quiz Show Scandal __ Here is a look into the corruption of television quiz-shows in the 1950s, and the impact it had on the TV business and a naive America. - From PBS - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/quizshow/ 


Readings In The American 1950S __ You will find a large set of well-organized links to resources related to the culture and politics of the 1950's. Lots of primary materials and personal observations of the events and issues. - From University of Pennsylvania - http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/home.html

 

The Way We Were: Life Magazine Photos Of Women In The 1950s __ Article and photos from the 1950s. - illustrated - From jezebel.com - http://jezebel.com/5099377/the-way-we-were-life-magazine-photos-of-women-in-the-1950s

 

Women's Fashion of the 1950s - 1950s Vintage Clothing for Women __ Article, images, and many links to additional resources. - From about.com - http://vintageclothing.about.com/od/1950s/tp/50s_womens.htm   


WWW-VL: History: United States History Index: 1950-1959 __ You will find resources and articles galore. - From vlib.iue.it - http://vlib.iue.it/history/USA/ERAS/20TH/1950s.html  
 

 

 

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