1950's and 1960's

by Zach Taylor and Bree Sherwood

1950's Cultural aspect

Rock'n'Roll was a new cultural aspect formed in 1951. The new music was heavy and loud made it easy to dance and sing along to, that was about love, cars, etc. Many popular artists at the time were Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, and the Comets. The most popular artist was Elvis Presley, who got the title of “King of Rock’n’Roll.”
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Political Aspects of the 1950's

A very important political aspect of the 1950’s was Eisenhower and Civil Rights. African Americans were constantly disappointed and impatient with Jim Crow. Eisenhower was blind to racial intolerance causing him to take compromise and delay instead of taking action and doing something about it. Finally in 1957, the mayor of Little Rock opened Eisenhower’s eyes when nine black children-known as Little Rock Nine-were not being allowed to attend school due to their race. He integrated the schools by sending federal troops to control the situation. Eisenhower didn’t really help African Americans because of how long it took him to act on the situations. Some good things that came out of his presidency were low taxes, balanced budgets, and public spending that allowed the economy to stay stable.
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Judicial decisions in the 1950's

Many important judicial decisions from the 1950’s were decided in the Warren Court. It is called the Warren court because Earl Warren was the chief of justice in the United States Supreme Court at the time. During his time of being chief of justice he made huge impacts on the nation; He expanded civil rights for African Americans. One important judicial decision that was made while Warren was in the court was Brown v. Board of Education which overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling that made things separate but equal for African Americans; It made it possible for African American students to go to school.


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Rosa Parks

An important person from the 1950’s was Rosa Parks. Rosa was apart of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP); Rosa and the association had a plan that they hoped would change everything. Rosa Parks was instructed to go on a bus and sit in the white people’s area, when she refused to move she was arrested for violating the law. This incident caused a huge uproar in the African American community and they started to unite and boycott the bus lines. Years of boycotting lead to the desegregation of the bus system in Alabama; their plan worked.


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1955, The Murder of Emmett Till

An important event that happened in the 1950’s was the murder of Emmett Till. The men were after him because days prior he whistled at a white women which was frowned upon for an African American boy to do. On August 28, 1955, he was kidnapped and murdered by the two white men. Emmett’s body was found in the river on August 31. This caused a lot of commotion in the town which helped the civil rights movement speed up.

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Malcom X.

Malcom X was involved in many civil rights movements in the 1960s and was therefore an important cultural aspect. He helped to gain rights for African American citizens and used the idea of violent protest as opposed to MLK non-violent protest. Malcom X brought about a new form of protest and inspired many people to follow in his footsteps. He was then assassinated in 1965.
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1960's Political Aspect

The cuban Missile Crisis was an important political aspect of the 1960s. It was a time filled with a lot of tension between the United States and Russia and the U.S. was under a lot of pressure to make sure that the country remains safe from nuclear war. It was unclear whether or not Cuba would have fired a missile at the U.S. but the fact that the Russians were in very close proximity of the U.S. was a very big pressure for the U.S. government to decide if they should go to war if they are fired upon.
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1960's Judicial Aspect

The United States sending troops to the war in Vietnam was a very controversial event in american history. Many americans were against the war in vietnam mainly because the american citizens knew it was a loosing battle and we wanted our troops home. We lost 50,000 soldiers for a war that we knew we were going to lose. Many people began protesting in the streets and even in front of the White House to show their frustration with what the Government was doing and wanted answers as to why the government decided to send thousands of young americans to their graves.
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1960's Important Person

J.F.K. was one of the most influencial people of the 1960s. For one reason he was the first catholic president ever elected in the United States. He was also the youngest and many people looked up to him to fix the many problems facing the country at the time such as communism and the economy. He was a man who brought many new ideas to congress that most of the american public agreed with and supported everything he did. He was a man of high ambitions and goals such as the Apollo program and ending the cold war. J.F.K will always be decorated as one of the most influential presidents ever in United States history.
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1960's Important Event

The Apollo program started by J.F.K. was one of the most important events in all of American history. The Americans had beaten the Russians to the Moon. The United States has traveled to the moon and safely back home. Apollo left the American flag on the moon to prove that we have succeeded. This was a giant leap for mankind in the United States.
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