Underneath the innocent "Happy Days" decade lay the dark underbelly of nuclear war, and the fear of communists (they were everywhere) as well as beatniks, teen rebels and a new genre of music called rock 'n roll that promised to end Western civilization as we knew it!
Meanwhile, a new invention called television was replacing the radio as a living room fixture in homes across the land. Big hits included "Leave it to Beaver", "The Donna Reed Show", "Ozzie and Harriet" and "Father Knows Best" that chronicled the sweet wholesomeness of the 'typical' American family.
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 & Elvis plus a great collection of 50's slang, fun facts and trivia ...
The American 1950's - For the serious student of the 50's, this site offers up a 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.