Life in the 1950's

By Brad Kilpatrick and Cameron Lambourne

The 1950's

In the 1950's, America was a nation whose population was growing as never before. It was a nation where the popular culture of television was both reflecting and influencing its lifestyle.


The 1950's was a time period where America was on the edge of nuclear war against the Soviet Union. The Americans had bomb shelters built in their backyards, hoping to keep their families safe in case of a nuclear attack.


During the 1950's a civil rights movement was in place to have equal rights between the black and whites. This was led by Martin Luther King Jr.


The 1950's saw the outbreak of Rock 'n' Roll. In the early 1950's, the American Pop Charts are dominated by the artists such as Doris Day, Frankie Lane, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley. In 1956, Elvis Presley topped the pop charts with his first RCA single release "Heartbreak Hotel".