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2 Unit 13 The Cold War at Home and the 1950s

3 1 A. Baby Boom It seems to me that every other young housewife I see is pregnant. -- British visitor to America, baby born every 7 seconds

4 Movement to the Suburbs $7,990 or $60/month with no down payment. Levittown, L. I.: The American Dream 1949 William Levitt produced 150 houses per week.

5 2 B. Suburban Living SHIFTS IN POPULATION DISTRIBUTION, Central Cities 31.6% 32.3% 32.6% 32.0% Suburbs 19.5% 23.8% 30.7% 41.6% Rural Areas/ 48.9% 43.9% 36.7% 26.4% Small Towns U. S. Bureau of the Census.

6 Transmission of a Common American Culture The Typical TV Suburban Families The Donna Reed Show Leave It to Beaver Father Knows Best The Ozzie & Harriet Show

7 Television – The Western Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier The Lone Ranger (and his faithful sidekick, Tonto): Who is that masked man?? Sheriff Matt Dillon, Gunsmoke Why so popular? Represented rugged individualism /law and order

8 Television ,000 TV sets in the U. S ,000,000 TV sets in the U. S. Mass Audience TV celebrated traditional American values. Television is a vast wasteland. Newton Minnow, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, 1961 Truth, Justice, and the American way!

9 Teen Culture In the 1950s the word teenager teenager entered the American language. By mil. teens with $7 bil. to spend a year race music ROCK N ROLL Elvis Presley The King

10 Religious Revival Today in the U. S., the Christian faith is back in the center of things. -- Time magazine, 1954 Today in the U. S., the Christian faith is back in the center of things. -- Time magazine, 1954 Church membership: ,000, ,000,000 Television Preachers: 1. Catholic Bishop Fulton J. Sheen Life is Worth Living 2. Methodist Minister Norman Vincent Peale The Power of Positive Thinking 3. Reverend Billy Graham ecumenical message; warned against the evils of Communism.

11 Religious Revival Hollywood: apex of the biblical epics. Its un-American to be un-religious! -- The Christian Century, 1954 The Robe The Ten Commandments Ben Hur The Robe The Ten Commandments Ben Hur

12 Well-Defined Gender Roles The ideal modern woman married, cooked and cared for her family, and kept herself busy by joining the local PTA and leading a troop of Campfire Girls. She entertained guests in her familys suburban house and worked out on the trampoline to keep her size 12 figure. -- Life magazine, 1956 Marilyn Monroe The ideal 1950s man was the provider, protector, and the boss of the house. -- Life magazine, William H. Whyte, Jr. The Organization Man A a middle-class, white suburban male is the ideal.

13 Progress Through Science First IBM Mainframe Computer Hydrogen Bomb Test DNA Structure Discovered Salk Vaccine Tested for Polio First Commercial U. S. Nuclear Power Plant NASA Created Press Conference of the First 7 American Astronauts

14 Progress Through Science 1957 Russians launch SPUTNIK I 1958 National Defense Education Act

15 Duck and Cover Drills Fear of Nuclear Attack



18 Nuclear Arms Race U.S. vs. Soviets

19 Prosperity the 1950s 50 million autos sold/ boom in industries related to the auto Interstate highway system is begun and frequent travel is common. 44, 000 miles Television enters a majority of homes. By million homes GI Bill allows millions of veterans to go to college. High birth rate results in the baby boom. Movement to the Sun Belt: South and West: offered jobs, warmer climates, and a lower cost of living.

20 Response Communist Subversion Loyalty Review Board: federal employees investigated. Committee on Un-American Activities: investigation of American Communist Party. Smith Act of 1940 made the teaching or advocating of the forceful overthrow of the US government illegal. Dennis v the United States: Smith Act held as constitutional.

21 The House Committee on Un- American Activities McCarran Internal Security Act Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Case The Alger Hiss Case


23 McCarthyism Compared to Salem Witch Trials Wisconsin Republican Joseph R.McCarthy

24 McCarthys reckless claims: Senator Joseph McCarthy (1950) list of 205 State Department employees that were members of the Communist party.

25 · After thousands of Americans had their lives ruined after being accused of being communists, McCarthys popularity lessened as the nation learned that he had no proof behind his accusations. · McCarthys claim was never proven, but he helped to increase a fear of communism in America known as the Red Scare.

26 McCarthyism According to the cartoon, what does McCarthy really have, instead of proof? What is the message of the cartoon? ?v=X_uTbVfDtgI&feature=relat ed ?v=X_uTbVfDtgI&feature=relat ed

27 Spy Cases Ethel and Julius Rosenberg Communist Party immigrants Accused of passing atomic secrets to Soviets. Convicted of treason and executed in 1953

28 Domestic Issues under Eisenhower Soil Bank Plan: paid farmers to take land out of production AFL-CIO Earl Warren 14 th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

29 The Warren Court Judicial Activities Judicial Activitism: this meant that decisions of the Court not only provided interpretations of the Constitution, but initiated broad changes in American life.

30 The Supreme Court of the 1950s and 1960s Watkins v. US Brown v. Board of Education Mapp v. Ohio Baker v. Carr Gideon v. Wainwright Heart of Atlanta Motel v. US Miranda v. Arizona

31 The Warren Court Judicial Activities Brown vs Board of Ed of Topeka (1954): racial segregation of schools violated the 14 th amendment. Baker v Carr (1962): one person, one vote rule ordered states to setup congressional districts on an equal basis. Engal v. Vital (1962): state laws requiring prayers in school violated the first amendment. Gideon v Wainwright (1963): state laws denying felony suspects legal counsel violated the 6 th amendment. Miranda v. Arizona (1966): authorities must inform accused persons of their due process rights under the 5 th and 6 th amendments.

32 Objective: To examine the importance of the Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS.

33 Major Victory · African Americans continued their struggle for equality, which became known as the civil rights movement.civil rights movement · In 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate but equal facilities for blacks and whites were constitutional.Supreme CourtPlessy v. Ferguson Challenging the law: A Sign at the Greyhound Bus Station, Rome, Georgia September (Esther Bubley, photographer)

34 "The Rex theater for Negro People." Leland, Mississippi, November Marion Post Wolcott, photographer.

35 " People waiting for a bus at the Greyhound bus terminal." Memphis, Tennessee. September Esther Bubley, photographer.

36 · With help from the NAACP, the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka reached the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of Plessy v. Ferguson.NAACPBrown v. Board of Education of Topeka

37 · In the case, Oliver Brown challenged that his daughter, Linda, should be allowed to attend an all-white school near her home instead of the distant all-black school she had been assigned to. Oliver Brown was a welder for the Santa Fe Railroad and a part-time assistant pastor at St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church. Linda Brown was in the third grade when her father began his class action lawsuit.

38 · Browns lawyer, Thurgood Marshall, argued that separate could never be equal and that segregated schools violated the Fourteenth Amendments guarantee to provide equal protection to all citizens. Thurgood Marshall Fourteenth Amendment

39 * In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Brown family, and schools nationwide were ordered to be desegregated. George E.C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James M. Nabrit, following Supreme Court decision ending segregation.

40 Integrated schools: · In Little Rock, Arkansas, Gov. Orval Faubus opposed integration.Little Rock, ArkansasGov. Orval Faubus

41 · Gov. Faubus was violating federal law. · In 1957, he called out the National Guard in order to prevent African Americans from attending an all-white high school.

42 · Therefore, Pres. Eisenhower sent troops to Little Rock where, under their protection, the African American students were able to enter Central High School.Pres. Eisenhower African American students arriving at Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, in U.S. Army car, 1957.

43 Members of the 101st US-Airborne Division escorting the Little Rock Nine to school

44 Kennedy New Frontier Lower tariffs Increased minimum wage Increased social security benefits Expansion of space program Aid to depressed cities Aid to the handicapped Special Olympics 1962: University of Mississippi: James Meredith: federal troops

45 November 22, 1963 President Kennedy traveled to Dallas, Texas to campaign for re-election. A parade had been scheduled. As the motorcade passed by the Texas School Book Depository, a shot rang out. Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1:00 pm. Lee Harvey Oswald, the known assassin, was captured. Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner, stepped through the crowd and shot Oswald, killing him. President Lyndon

46 We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward toward the Great Society. - Lyndon B. Johnson

47 Lyndon Johnson Great Society 24 th Amendment: banned poll taxes in federal elections. Civil Rights Acts (1964/1968) outlawed discrimination in employment and public accommodations connected with interstate commerce banned discrimination in housing and real estate. Medicare (1965) heath care to the elderly Medicaid (1966) extended health care to low income families, blind and the disabled. Voting Rights Act (1965) registered African Americans to vote and banned literacy tests for voting in counties where more than half the population couldnt vote. VISTA: domestic peace corps used volunteers to run programs to help teach job skills. Department of Housing and Urban development (1965) Department of transportation (1966)

48 Major Events of the Civil Rights Movement Little Rock Crisis Montgomery Bus Boycott March on Washington, D.C. Watts Riots

49 Civil Rights Milestones 1947: Jackie Robinson becomes first African American to play in the major leagues. 1948: Truman ends segregation in the military. 1954: Brown v the Board of Ed Montgomery Bus Boycott protests segregation on city buses. 1957: Eisenhower uses National Guard to enforce desegregation of schools in Little Rock Arkansas.

50 Desegregation Freedom Rides: crossing state lines on interstate buses, white and black riders highlighted segregation. Robert Kennedy US Attorney General persuaded the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) to desegregate the buses. University of Mississippi: James Meredith

51 Desegregation Martin Luther King: –Montgomery bus boycott 1955 (Rosa Parks) –Civil Disobedience –1963 Birmingham Alabama: peaceful march: police attacked marchers with dogs, water from fire hoses, and electric cattle prods. King and other protesters were arrested. –March on Washington ,000 marchers: I Have A Dream Speech

52 Key Civil Rights Legislation Civil Rights Act of 1957 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Voting Rights Act of 1965 Fair Housing Act of th Amendment to the US Constitution

53 Desegregation Medgar Evers was an NAACP leader who organized economic boycotts, marches and picket lines he is assassinated by Byron De LA Beckwith. Two all white juries fail to reach a verdict he is finally convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

54 Rights of Disabled Citizens Dorthea Dix argued that the mentally ill should be put into humane 1865 President Lincoln established Gallaudet College for hearing impaired students Early 20 th century: normalization help disabled enter mainstream society. The Vocational Rehabilitation Act 1920 first major federal program to assist disabled veterans

55 Activism : Presidents Council on Mental Retardation Development of Special Olympics Litigation Court Cases –1971 PARC v the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Equal protection under the law. Special Ed Programs –1972 Mills v the Board of Education of the District of Columbia Children between 7 and 16 must be included in regular classes unless the school district provides a special program.

56 Legislation Education of the handicapped Act (1966) Vocationally Rehabilitation Act 1973 Amendment to the 1920 Act prohibited discrimination against the physically disabled in any federal and state programs supported by federal funds. –Provided for ramp access to public building, specially equipped buses for passengers in wheel chairs, suitable bathroom facilities and sign language interpretations of public television programs.

57 Americans With Disabilities Act 1990 Protects 43 million mentally and physically disabled children

58 Black Civil Rights Groups Black Panthers NAACP Urban League: fought against discrimination in housing and employment/ increasing job opportunities for African Americans Southern Christian Leadership Conference: led by Martin Luther King: coordinated efforts to end segregation in the south Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) founded by James Farmer advocated passive resistance

59 1960s Music

60 Woodstock 1969 Woodstock, New York – August ,000 people gathered to listen to rock music. Rock and Roll, drugs, sex, and nudity were common at the festival.

61 Thank You Ms. Susan M. Pojer Horace Greeley HS Chappaqua, NY i/US%20History/Unit%2016%20- %201960s%20America/PPT%20- %201960s%20America.pdf

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