Coming outof a great economic depression, the United States experienced tremendous growthin the 1950s. This tremendous growth provided many with the opportunity to buymore, pursue new music, develop as fashion icons, and make advances intechnology. It was also a time for political conflict. The war on communismdivided many American communities.
The 1950s was also the start of the civilright movement, which sought to bring those opportunities available to everyoneelse to the minority community. On the heels of a world war, economic growth inthe United States provided new opportunities to many; but all of this wasundermined by a struggle for equality and political identity. Many historians use the word “Boom” to describe the growth of the1950’s, baby boom being the most popular. The record number of approximately 4million babies born each year in the 50’s. After the 6-year war people wereeager to start a family in the United States because the war was finally overand peace was finally here. Inmany ways, they were right. The economy boomed.
The government spending had alot to do with this starting with the construction of interstate highways,building of new schools and new technologies like computers–all contributed tothe decade’s economic growth. With unemployment rates averaging around 5% andlow inflation rates the middle-class people had more money to spend and,because the availability of consumer goods expanded along with the economy,they also had more things to buy. The1950’s was the rebellious era of rock and roll genre with some of the mosticonic artists and songs of the century, one in specific, Elvis Presley.