50’s & 60’s (7)
16 November 2014
The 1950s is considered to be the model decade of America. Families were close, children respected their elders, workers worked hard to provide for their families who grew up in nice neighborhoods, and the economy was booming. The forced conformity, neglect of the poor, and segregation are often overlooked when talking about the decade as they were during the time period. The 1950s were a prodigious time period for family life but not for the individual or societal ethics.
The ’50s boasted the archetype for the model family. As document H exemplifies, suburban families, coined the nuclear family, resided in ...view middle of the document...
These types of articles forced women to behave in a way that lived up to a standard set by white patriarchs. Once these women edited their appearances to stand out to a man and learned to be an exceptional wife, they often became bored with their lives of sitting around the house because they were not allowed to go out into the world. Document M takes an excerpt from a doctor’s research on why so many women came in with bored looks on their faces asking what was wrong with them. Instead of the doctors telling them to go out and enjoy themselves they often prescribed tranquilizers. These women would wake up and pop a tranquilizer, making them not care that they felt like they did not want to live like that another day. Problems like those were often caused by society’s iniquitous codes for life.
The insecurities of the individual were caused by the poor societal ethics of the time. Document B shows this where society told women that they had to be beautiful and since no one was born beautiful, they needed to buy products to alter their appearances. This was an example of social conformity, which was another poor ethic of the time. “And the people in the houses all went to the university, where they were put in boxes and they all came out the same” This excerpt from document G,...