20th Century: 1950s Promoting the American Dream is the sixth part of the ten-part documentary series The 20th Century. This particular video goes through the major events of the 1950s, from the Korean War at the dawn of the decade to the pervasive Cold War fears to Joseph McCarthy's Red Scare. The intense and real worries about atomic war are also emphasized, just as American suburbs are burgeoning in size and success. All is not doom and gloom though. The evolution of television and growth of American heroes like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Elvis Presley receive exposure, along with the cataclysmic cultural force that was rock and roll. The 1950s is at once entertaining and informative in its examination of a tumultuous yet fun decade.
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