United States in the 1950s

 During the early 1950s in the United States manufacturing and home construction was on the rise as the American economy was on the upswing. The Korean War and the beginning of the Cold War created a politically conservative climate. The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States played out through the entire decade. Fear of Communism caused public Congressional hearings by both houses in Congress and Anti-Communism was the prevailing sentiment in the United States throughout the decade. Conformity and conservatism characterized the social mores of the time.
 The 1950s in the developed western world are generally considered both socially conservative and highly materialistic in nature. The beginning of decolonization in Africa and Asia occurred in this decade and accelerated in the following decade of the 1960s. The Library of Congress has dubbed the 1950s as the decade with the least musical innovation. The 1950s are noted in United States history as a time of both compliance and conformity and also, to a lesser extent, of rebellion.
Major U.S. events during the decade included: The Korean War (1950–1953); The Second World War hero and retired Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower as President in 1952 and his subsequent re-election in 1956; The Red Scare and anti-Communist concerns of the McCarthy era; The U.S. reaction to the 1957 launch by the Soviet Union of the Sputnik satellite, a major milestone of the Cold War.


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