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This is Who We Were: In The 1950s

Table of Contents

Essay on the 1950s


Section One: Profiles

Phone Company Veteran, St. Louis, Missouri

Former Slave & Proud Matriarch, South Carolina

GI-Bill Navy Enlistee, California to Korea

Italian Immigrant & Business Executive, Livingston, New Jersey

Olympic Hurdler, Cleveland, Ohio

Korean War Hero, South Carolina

Family Life in the Military, Wichita, Kansas

Jewish Immigrants, Poland to Bangor, Maine

Mothers Against Comic Books, Bronx, New York

Father of FM Radio, New York City

Yale Scholar from Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Family Doctor, Charleston, South Carolina

Benefactor for College Bound Girls, Trenton, New Jersey

French Fry Entrepreneur, Idaho

Casino Operator, Las Vegas, Nevada

Hotel Worker, Puerto Rico to New York City

Environmental Advocate, Utah and Colorado

Race Car Driver, Charlotte, North Carolina

Single Mother & Teacher, Queens New York to Florida

Typical American Teenager, Poland to Benton Harbor, Michigan

Television Fanatics, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Young Carpenter, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Actress in West Side Story, Chicago to New York City

Cotton Broker, Gulf Port, Mississippi

Mother & Phonics Advocate, Homestead, Florida

Student Refugee, Hungary to Cleveland, Ohio

Grape Juice Company Sales Manager, Westfield, New York

Jazz Musician, New York City

Competitive Bowler, Homestead, Florida

Single Young Hairdresser, Seattle, Washington

Science Teacher in the Age of Sputnik, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Rock ‘n’ Roll Musician, Tennessee State Prison

Inventor of the Microchip, Dallas, Texas

Hospital Worker & Union Organizer, New York City

Section Two: Historical Snapshots

Early 1950s

Mid 1950s

Late 1950s

Section Three: Economy of the Times

Consumer Expeditures

Annual Income

Selected Prices

Value of a Dollar Index 1860-2010

Section Four: All Around Us—What We Saw, Wrote, Read & Listened To

All Around Us—1950s

Section Five: Census Data

State-by-State Comparative Tables

Demographic Trends in the 20th Century