In Part 1 of our “Generations” series, we looked back at the 1940s. If you haven’t seen it, check it out here. In part 2, we move on to the 1950s. This decade was all about change. American culture shifted and we saw huge changes in art and science. Here’s how the 1950s changed everything.
The 1950s Brought Life-Changing Innovations
The 1950s saw the birth of inventions we rely on today. In fact, many of us probably couldn’t imagine life without some of these innovations. The 1950s saw the first:
- Credit Card (1951)
- Bar Code (1952)
- PaceMaker (1951)
- Color TV (1953)
- Computer Modem (1958)
1950s America Saw Significant Cultural Change
The ‘50s were a time of change in many ways. Americans enjoyed a flourishing economy, created a baby boom, and flocked to the suburbs; modern art broke all the rules, and our culture transformed before our eyes. We saw the birth of Rock and Roll and the rise of living room TV in the average home. More importantly, however, we watched the beginning of the civil rights movement and what would become the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s.
The Korean War Preserved Democracy Abroad
The U.S. was enjoying a period of peace after World War II, but that all changed in 1950. The Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953, and had huge implications for democracy around the globe. The United States and its Allies were tired of fighting and certainly did not want another international conflict. However, the North Korean threat, later supported by Red China, against freedom was so great that troops from more than 40 countries stepped into the fight.
Why We Must Remember The 1950s
Clearly, the innovations and cultural shifts of the 1950s changed America. Furthermore, the hard work and sacrifice of those who risked everything for civil rights, and freedom in an increasingly dangerous world must not be forgotten. That is why we urge Congress to pass The greatest Generation Benefits Act to ensure that these incredible Americans are honored as they should be. Learn more about this legislation and sign our petition here.