Essay about Political Aspects Of The 1950s

1437 Words Apr 26th, 2016 6 Pages
The 1950s have always been portrayed as a perfectly painted picture, an era of traditionalism, prosperity, and conformity, however, as the 1960s ushered in the United States proved to be the complete opposite with recklessness, disillusionment, and protest. Many historians identify these two decades this way and it is completely true considering both social and political aspects of the 1950s and the 1960s are incredibly different. Political aspects in the 1950s were outstanding, the economy was great and a great military leader was the president of the era, Eisenhower. After the war production of the 1930s and 1940s, factories across the nation began to switch over to consumer production and a combination of war inflation and new found consumerism ushered in economic prosperity that had never been seen before in history. The American Market was high, the standard of living increased, and the middle class was only growing, as outlined in “The Changing American Market” from Fortune in 1955 (Doc. C). Since World War II just ended and the Cold War just begun a new Red Scare was in place fueled by Senator Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy persecuted suspected members of the Communist party in the United States and put hundreds of government officials, union workers, and actors out of work because they were placed on the Blacklist due to these events people felt his communist hearings had torched the flame of liberty, which is depicted in an illustration from the mid-1950s (Doc. B). In…

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