Although not so much now, I used to enjoy watching films from the past as a way of traveling through time to watch people and culture from different eras. And of all the decades, America in the 1950s alays struck me as a time of stability, decency, and optimism. It is also quite refreshing to watch feminine and classy women who were around just few generations ago.
Of course, the reality wasn’t as rosy as what is shown in the films. As with all other decades, America faced number of problems with the issue of race and the Cold War being notable examples. That said, I don’t think any era was ever “perfect” or great for everyone and I don’t think there ever will be such thing.
So, without getting too caught up in nostalgia, I think the 1950s stands as a prime example of how stability and prosperity, in combination with traditional family values, can facilitate a harmonious society. And the following pictures and graphs will show just how quickly things can change when the government and subversive social elements decide to alter the existing order by experimenting with ideas of ‘equality’ and using the citizens as objects for profit.
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