Discussion Questions: The Century: Happy Daze                                                                               Name____________

  1. Dwight David Eisenhower enjoyed immense popularity when he was president between 1953 and 1961. What was Ikešs appeal? Why was he so popular?

 

  1. The 1950s witnessed the most prosperous economy in American history. How did this prosperity transform the country?

 

  1. Discuss gender roles in the 1950s. Why were these roles so rigid? How have these roles changed? How have they remained similar?

 

  1. Television became part of almost every American home in the 1950s. What was the impact of television on 1950s culture?

 

  1. Why was television so popular? How has the role of television in American society changed? How has it remained the same?

 

  1. Rock-n-roll debuted in the 1950s and caused consternation among some of the older generation. Why were traditionalists so concerned about the effects of rock-n-roll?

 

 

  1. Discuss the impact of Elvis Presley on American culture and American music.

 

  1. Discuss the impact of the Baby Boom. How did this boom fuel rock-n-roll and the youth culture of the 1950s?

 

 

  1. What is an icon? Discuss the impact of some of the icons of the 1950s.

 

  1. African-Americans chose the 1950s as the decade to change the system of segregation. How did Martin Luther King, Jr. become the leader of this Civil Rights Movement?

 

 

  1. Discuss the events that happened at Central High School in Arkansas. What was the impact for the rest of the nation?

 

 

Extended Activities

  1. The 1950s ushered in the era of television advertising. Create a storyboard for a 1950s commercial.