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There is nostalgia about the 1950s, because of the post-war boom period that was doing
reasonably well economically due to the availability of secure jobs, a high birth rate, quality
education and the federal intervention programs that ensured Americans accessed social security.
An American could easily access education via government financing and also a well-paying job,
and hence most Americans were proud homeowners. The government-funded programs also
introduced high interstate ways and also set minimum wage laws. From the social point of view,
the society set socially acceptable standards that accepted a conservative approach to family
matters. The man was the provider, and the woman was limited to childbearing and home
management roles. Indeed, sitcoms were aligned with social values that valued family life while
emphasizing set gender roles.
However, there was also the darker side of the so-called golden years that people are
nostalgic about. There was the aspect of racism that rocked American minorities, displacement
of blacks and Latinos and widespread sexism against women at the family unit level. In this
article, I will present a refuting perspective about the nostalgic reactions to the economic and
political prosperity of the 1950s at the expense of minorities and women. The political and
economic conditions were different back then and hence. Therefore, caution should be exercised
with the nostalgia about the 50s.
The economic and political situation between the 1950s and 1970s were more favorable
for the American families as most of the adults at the time had grown up in poor conditions due
to the great recession of 1931 and the other food rations during WWII and hence in this era, most
Americans were willing to ...
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