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    Some friends never change, and others do; but it’s the friends that change us that matter. Some memories never leave us, and some are as easily forgotten as the last time we blinked. The summer of 2010 holds some of my most painful and fun memories and it is surely a time that changed me and all of my friends. My friend Michael now knows that he changed that summer, but what he does not know is just how much he changed all of us. Like most summers do, it all started at the end of school, the last day in fact. All of my friends and myself had been invited to go to Alan’s house to swim in the creek and ride around on the Gator. The group consisted of Alan, Patrick, Randy, Michael, Josh, and myself. Like every other time that we had all went to Alan’s, we drove the Gator about 4 miles down the gravel road (we used to walk) to Union Ford creek. We swam for hours in the baking May sun. Once it was about 5 O’clock (since school got out at 12:30 that day), we all piled inside the 3-seater Gator to make the drive back to the house to start the fire. Three of us sat in the front while the other three rode in the bed. Alan, who was driving, Josh and Randy sat in the front while Michael, Patrick, and I enjoyed the bumpy ride in the back. About halfway back to the house we come to the hill that we loved to drive as fast as we could down. Patrick and I sat down and held on while Michael, who was always the daredevil of the group, stood up and held on to the roll-cage. We screamed down…

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    Of all the critical analysis over the 1950’s we discussed in class, I believe Michael Dwyer’s article “Fixing the Fifties” and Stephanie Coontz’s “The way we never were” truly identifies why we view “the fifties” with such adoration. Of course this era so cherished and praised as the ideal time in America, is nothing more that a mythological veil. This obscured reflection has falsely projected a time of complete happiness, low social and economic distress, and even posterized what one should…

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    The 1960s was a time where people started to think more individually. Instead of the government deciding the public’s opinion, people started thinking for themselves and changing the country through society itself. In the 1950s, conformism was caused by the wide spread fear of communism. People dressed the same way, acted the same way and were terrified to go against social norms. They blindly accepted laws and governmental policies. People in the 60s were no longer willing to conform to the…

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    In Chopin’s story “Desiree’s Baby”, Desiree and her husband, Armand, are ecstatic when she gives birth to a child. Later on Armand starts acting distant because he believes that she and her child are mixed. He suggest her to leave to her mother's home. Desiree then disappears and walks the opposite direction of her mother’s home, with the child in her arms. In Dahl’s story “Lamb to the Slaughter”, a detective's wife, named Mary, is in shock after the devastating news that her husband is leaving…

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    Television in the fifties and sixties depicted the ideal life for families in America. This life however was far from what most actual families endured. “Our most powerful visions of traditional families derive from images that are still delivered to our homes in countless reruns of 1950s television sit-coms” (Cootz 1992) . Leave it to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show were the pinnacle of television sit-coms of the time. They both had the stereotypical all American family with hardworking…

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    house in 1950 sold for $14,000  The average annual income in the ‘50s was just under $3,000  Kitchen debuts – Tupperware at home party sales, electric frying pans, nonstick cookware  In 1950 fewer than 1 in 10 American homes owned a TV set. By the end of the decade, 9 out of 10 American homes were tuned in  Gunsmoke first aired on television in 1955. The series lasted a full 20 years  1956 was a big year for Elvis! He scored his first number-one hit (“Heartbreak Hotel”), and he released…

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    believe that the world of design has stayed consistent, with just a few changes in trends and what's in-style. However, by taking a closer look, we can see that fashion changes with the world around it. Influenced by world events, the past decades, and the average weight of the time, fashion strongly depends on the world around it, and has and will constantly adapt to the decades. The ideals of fashion have largely developed from the 1950s, from hair and makeup standards, to the ideal model, to…

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    What is Success? Introduction: Dictionary definition of Success Happiness is different for everybody so is success. What defines a person’s success has changed over the years and continues to change for years to come. Success in the early 1900s Describe ancestor’s picture rickety, old home Having a farm, home, family, and butchered pigs was good enough What success was fifty years ago Family over education Fame and money weren’t important Success in the 1950s Baby boom after…

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    Pepsi Ads In The 1960s

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    historical book, article, etc. Analyzing Pepsi ads from the 1950s, 1960s and 1980s can be used as a tool give insight to the historical and social changes that were present in each decade. True, many will argue that the analyzation of Pepsi ads is irrelevant in studying “real” history; however, Pepsi ads is a great tool to study the culture and history of the 1950s. The first obvious element of the ads is the fashion, particularly women. Nineteen-fifties Pepsi ads shows how women dressed in…

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    Sports In The 50's

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    A lot of things happened in the 1950s from color T.V. to many changes in medicine. As many from the 50s may remember, this decade was filled with joy and terror for America. This decade also filled many of America’s dreams, from credit cards to rising gas prices, the 50s had it all. There were big changes in electronics for example T.V.s; a few good shows from the 50s were “I Love Lucy”, “Captain Kangaroo”,”Father Knows Best”, etc. Colored T.V. also came out in this time making our favorite 50’s…

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