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This is Who We Were: In The 1950s

Table of Contents

Essay on the 1950s



Introduction



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



Bibliography