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Title:
The 1950s
Author:
Kallen, Stuart A., 1955-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
127 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Discusses the political, economic, and cultural life of the United States in the 1950s, including the effects of the Cold War, the civil rights movement, television, music, art, science, and technology.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1080 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.9 3.0 31295.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.5 8 Quiz: 20659 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9781560065555
Format :
Book

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Discusses the political, economic, and cultural life of the United States in the 1950s, including the effects of the Cold War, the civil rights movement, television, music, art, science, and technology.


Author Notes

Stuart A. Kallen has written more than 250 nonfiction books for children and young adults. His books have covered countless aspects of human history, culture, and science from the building of the pyramids to the music of the twenty-first century.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. This entry in the Cultural History of the United States series opens by noting that the events of the decade were recorded in countless black-and-white photos, movies, and TV programs--appropriately so, since the fifties were a time of stark contrasts. Not only were there divisions between the black and white populations of the U.S., but there was also the affluence of the postwar period juxtaposed against the tensions of nuclear proliferations, and culturally there was the straitlaced, anti-Communist society coexisting with radical new expressions in music, literature, and film. Kallen does an excellent job of surveying the decade and placing it in the larger context of American history. He also examines what life was like for teenagers at the time and addresses such key elements of the decade as the civil rights movement, McCarthyism, the advent of the television age, and the effects, both positive and negative, of innovations in science and technology. The text is highly readable and the photos well chosen. A chronology and a list of books for further reading (most of them adult titles) round out this valuable volume. Source notes appended. --Ilene Cooper


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Well illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps, this offering covers the political, economic, and cultural development of the United States during the 1950s. Kallen paints Cold War political views with a decidedly biased brush. For example, he states "the guilt or innocence of the Rosenbergs...is unproven." Nothing positive is written about J. Edgar Hoover. And while Joseph McCarthy is probably not on anybody's list of heroes, he is the only person Kallen mentions as being from "the wrong side of the tracks." Also, McCarthy's drinking habits are featured in a special sidebar, while the beatniks' use of alcohol and drugs is treated more sympathetically. However, much of Kallen's work positively shines. His descriptions of growing up in the suburbs, the submissive roles adopted by most women, and the conformity demanded by corporate life are very much on target. The explanation of how rock 'n' roll was brought to prominence is especially interesting. The explanation of technological paradoxes is equally good. Kallen's introduction is particularly appropriate, and he provides beautiful transitions, nicely unifying the whole. For fans of this decade, Patricia Baker's Fashions of a Decade: The 1950s (Facts On File, 1991) provides large, colorful illustrations and much historical and cultural information. While dauntingly thick and written primarily for adults, David Halberstam's The Fifties (Villard, 1993) would be a good resource for those who want to know more.-Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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