Tough times never last. However, tough people do. ”-unknown Sometimes people don’t tend to realize the hardships of life back in the 1930’s, more specifically The Great Depression. Going without a steady job, use of transportation, and everyday electricity, was quite the struggle for people back then.
The 1960s in America was yet again another point in history where America was divided. With multiple civil rights movements continuing from previous years, the ending of World War II, The Korean Conflict and other social changes, were just a few things that caused a divide for the country. However, the greatest divider was the Presidential Election between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960. There are a number of reasons that the election of 1960 had and still has such significance to American history. To begin, it was the first election to be televised.
The American way of life has predominantly remained the same since the 1950’s even though substantial changes have taken place. Some comparisons between the 1950’s and today are: insufficient education for non-white students in cities, lack of political reform, and stereotypes. Some things that make today different from the 1950’s are: integration, the fear of communism, and inter-racial marriages. As established in the 1993 film Philadelphia a good definition of discrimination is: “the essence of discrimination: formulating opinions about others not based on their individual merits, but rather on their membership in a group with assumed characteristics.” Therefore many organizations/groups believe that discrimination of any type shall be considered
Life in the time of late 1800’s was marked by rapid change, due to the effect of factors such as urbanization, the flourishing of America’s big businesses, the enormous advances made in technology, as well as other things. Due to the numerous advancements made in technology, such as developments in heating, the invention of elevators, as well as innovations in transportation, urban growth was immense in the late 1800’s. Due to these factors, people from all around America, as well as immigrants from other countries, were drawn to city life in the United States. A major challenge that people faced in their day to day lives in America during the late 1800’s were undesirable conditions in the workplace.
There are similarities and differences between the 50s and today’s society the 50s were a bad time to be in for all people. People were discriminated by other people. Whites discriminated the blacks because of their color, blacks didn’t have the same rights as the whites and that isn’t fair. They couldn’t even drink from the same water fountain or even use the same bathroom because of the color. This also includes having problems with war but dodge it because in the article called “The Fifties”:
The 1970’s was a time for radical change. Within the radical change was feminism, sex and sexuality, and drugs. Although this may not have been part of everyone’s lives, it was there, and it was prevalent. However, in 1970’s television none of this was talked about. Even though the 1970’s was a turning point in censorship in American television, the ideas and values were still moderately the same as the previous decades.
Past Versus the Present People say that the past is nothing like the present, but is that entirely true? The 1960s were very eventful, composing of many different aspects. Some of these aspects include the way the government was run, the way the music sounded, and the cultural attitude of that time period. Relatively speaking, the 1960’s time period was very different than our time period. However, there are some similarities between our time period, and the 1960s.
I believe that this question will cover the main points of the article, which are the changes happening in the 1950s in terms of social and economic aspects. The changes in 1950s were positive as compared to the decades before it, which is the Great Depression following with the instability of post-World War II. Moreover, it inspires my peers to talk about the difference between the 1950s and now, and how the differences contribute to people’s nostalgia for the 1950s as a better time. For example, while there may be social problems such as teen pregnancy and lower education, these problems were not serious since teenagers got married before the child was born, and men could get jobs that paid well even with high school or lower education.
Certain social problems could be considered more significant than others based on societies awareness on the topic, and the transformation process used to engage society formulating the topic into a public issue. For instance, consider the social problem of AIDS. This issue was one that gradually gained momentum based on media, social networks and celebrity advocates. The advocates and activists rallied to draw attention to the growing issue, therefore acknowledging the social problem within society. The continued exposure increased public awareness about the disease in the early 1980’s.
The American Dream The American Dream is a belief in America as the new eden, bounty, and unlimited promise. It created a feeling of optimism and opportunity, which gave confidence in the triumph for the individual. But, this wasn’t achievable for everyone that came to or was already living in America. For native americans, women, and people caught in the crossfire of WWI, this dream was far off.