With America a new world leader following World War II, the 1950's saw returning GI's finding jobs at booming industries.
At the end of the day, a dream house awaited in the suburbs. Or did it?
Underneath the innocent "Happy Days" decade lay the dark underbelly of nuclear war, the fear of communists (they were everywhere) as well as teen rebellion and -- gasp -- a new genre of music called rock 'n roll that promised to corrupt the entire youth of the nation!
Just up ahead, grab your coonskin caps and letter sweaters for a trip to Fiftiesville and a return to the days of greasers, hula hoops, sock hops, Lucy & Desi, Elvis and beatniks, plus a great collection of 50's slang, fun facts and trivia ...
Traditional artists like Patti Page (photo), Perry Como, and Connie Francis were still major radio stars in the early 50's until....
Lip curling, hip-shaking Elvis shook up the music world with a brand new music genre called rock 'n roll, creating an American teen culture.
Doo Wop groups like The Chords (and their hit "Sh-Boom") also introduced black R&B music to white audiences for the first time.
James Dean became a poster boy for 1950'a teen angst in film roles such as Rebel Without A Cause (photo, 1955); and East of Eden (1955).
"B" horror movies including Creature from the Black Lagoon (photo), Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, and The Blob thrilled 1950's movie goers.
Meanwhile, Alfred Hitchcock produced a string of classic hit thrillers such as Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958) and North by Northwest (1959).
More about the 1950's decade around the Web:
1950's Slang - Get on the stick for a kookie definition of terms, sayings and hep talk.
Invention of the Hula Hoop - The stuff of which advertising dreams are made, with a great overview of the $1.98 hip-shaker later banned in Japan for fear of public impropriety, plus other fun factoids and related resources.
Rewind the Fifities - An online cyber community of hep cats and cool chicks keeping the decade alive with stories, photos, memories and suggested resources.
The American 1950's - For the serious student of the 50's, this site offers up a virtual college education in the decade in an A-Z link list of related sports history, television, the Eisenhower years, Elvis, James Dean, 50's films, the beatnik movement and lots more.
We Love Lucy - Do they ever ...in a great fan tribute to Lucy, Desi, and the rest of the cast, a later look at The Lucy Show, with related pictures and fan art, discussion boards, weekly online newsletter.