This Is Who We Were

This Is Who We Were

In the 1950s

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Baker & Taylor
Takes a look at the decade in America when demonstrations were commonplace and traditional values were questioned and presents American history through the eyes and ears of everyday Americans. Representing all classes, dozens of occupations, and all regions of the country, this book includes 30 profiles of individuals and families--their life at home, on the job, and in their neighborhood--with lots of photos and historical images of the time, including the African American in Washington, D.C. who taughthimself how to win a gold medal for weight lifting in the 1960s Olympics, to the Nashville country music record producer who signed Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Chet Atkins.

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An introductory essay by Derks (Working Americans series) characterizes the 1950s as a generally optimistic decade in the US, but one that also entailed considerable poverty, labor strikes, Cold War politics, a quota system for immigration, and stirrings of the civil rights movement against discrimination. One chapter presents snapshots of significant events and trends in the early, mid, and late 1950s. Profiles of working persons and households personalize information on work, family and community life in this era. The numerous b&w illustrations feature leading personalities, technologies, reprints of articles, advertisements, and other aspects of life in this period. Includes U.S. Census demographic, economic, and trend data and maps, state-by-state comparative tables, and a bibliography arranged by topic. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Amenia, NY : Grey House Publishing, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781619251793
Branch Call Number: REF 330.973 DERKS
Characteristics: 443 pages : illustrations, maps ; cm
Notes: "Our jobs - Our clothes - Our leisure - Our day to day - What we paid for rent & food - What we read - What we watched - What we ate - How we travelled - plus U.S. Census Comparisons & Rankings"--Cover


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