Category Archives: Korean War & the Conformist Era

What is the Baby Boom? Article with Analysis Questions

Life Magazine: April 6, 1953 What factors contributed toward America’s Baby Boom Post-WWII? What has been the impact of the Baby Boom? Click on the link below to download article with discussion questions: baby boom article Advertisements

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Impact of Television on Conformity and Consumerism of the 1950’s (Reading & Discussion Questions)

During the Conformist and Consumerism of the 1950s, fewer than 10% of residences owned a television, but by 1960, 87% of all households owned a television set.  On average, Americans spent more than five hours a day watching television. Programming … Continue reading

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Interstate Highway System (1956) A Short Historical Narrative

On June 29, 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. The bill created a 41,000-mile “National System of Interstate and Defense Highways” that would, according to Eisenhower, eliminate unsafe roads, inefficient routes, traffic jams and all … Continue reading

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Joseph McCarthy on Communism (1950) Primary Source Document

“Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity. The modern champions of communism have selected this as the time. And, ladies and gentlemen, the chips are down — they are truly down.” – Senator … Continue reading

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Dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur by President Harry Truman (Primary Source Document), 1950

MacArthur dismissal letter

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Recognition of the State of Israel (1948) Primary Source Analysis Activity

    Primary Source Documents: Recognition of the State of Israel (1948) Document A – Press Release with President Truman’s signature recognizing the State of Israel & Document B – U.S. State Department release to all U.S. Consulates and Diplomats. Click … Continue reading

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“Have you no sense of decency, sir?” McCarthy – Army Hearings, June 9, 1954

   Senator Joseph McCarthy and his legal counsel Roy Cohn After five years of using his position on the Committee of Un-American Activities to elevate his career by tearing down others, Senator Joseph McCarthy’s tactics came to an abrupt end when … Continue reading

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