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mar 21 contradictions of the 1950s

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3/21/14 Contradictions of the 1950’s • Middle class is central (prosperity for some people, not for others) • Expansion of women working (especially married)\ o Demographics Economic prosperity and expanding middle class • More well-paying jobs o Stay at home moms • Emersion of popular culture o Immigration at an all-time low o People watching same tv shows, listening to same music, etc Changes in marriage and family: baby boom • Marriage rate rising, divorce rate low • Women getting married younger o 1900: male 26yrs +, women 22 yrs+ o 1950: male 22 yrs+ women 20 yrs 2 months • Fertility rate rising o Used birth control to space out children Rise of suburbs • Nuclear family o Isolated from larger family network  Old fashioned to live with grandparents,
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