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Title:
America in the 1950s
Author:
Lindop, Edmond.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Outlines life in the United States in the 1950s, including the development of suburbia, advances in technology and entertainment, politics, the space race, and the Cold War.
Language:
English
Contents:
The Korean War -- A Red scare haunts Americans -- "I Like Ike" and "I'm Madly for Adlai" -- African Americans seek racial justice -- The Cold War escalates -- Big changes come to the United States -- Television takes center stage -- More entertainment -- A golden age of sports.
ISBN:
9780761325512
Format :
Book

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Ecological causes are championed not only by lobbyists or hikers. While mainstream environmentalism is usually characterized by well-financed, highly structured organizations operating on a national scale, campaigns for environmental justice are often fought by poor or minority communities. Environmentalism and Economic Justice is one of the first books devoted to Chicano environmental issues and is a study of U.S. environmentalism in transition as seen through the contributions of people of color. It elucidates the various forces driving and shaping two important examples of environmental organizing: the 1965-71 pesticide campaign of the United Farm Workers and a grazing conflict between a Hispano cooperative and mainstream environmentalists in northern New Mexico.The UFW example is one of workers highly marginalized by racism, whose struggle--as much for identity as for a union contract--resulted in boycotts of produce at the national level. The case of the grazing cooperative Ganados del Valle, which sought access to land set aside for elk hunting, represents a subaltern group fighting the elitism of natural resource policy in an effort to pursue a pastoral lifestyle. In both instances Pulido details the ways in which racism and economic subordination create subaltern communities, and shows how these groups use available resources to mobilize and improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. Environmentalism and Economic Justice reveals that the environmental struggles of Chicano communities do not fit the mold of mainstream environmentalism, as they combine economic, identity, and quality-of-life issues. Examination of the forces that create and shape these grassroots movements clearly demonstrates that environmentalism needs to be sensitive to local issues, economically empowering, and respectful of ethnic and cultural diversity.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-10. This volume sets itself apart from other, more general encapsulations of the decade by introducing the intense personal concerns that originated with the Cold War. Early chapters discuss the Korean War and the political upheaval that escalated to world crisis because of the atomic bomb. These ideas segue into a section on the Red Scare, with particular attention paid to the Rosenberg trial and McCarthyism. Later chapters delve into lighter but no less compelling pop culture topics, including the pervasive influence of television, the advent of rock and roll, and the globalization of American sports. Well-selected photographs illustrate both the era's angst (families running toward bomb shelters, Little Rock desegregation) and innocence (a bubbly Mamie Eisenhower trying on 3-D glasses, crew-cut college students piling onto a motorbike). Additional information on space exploration, Elvis, Castro, and the advent of suburban life, with "modern" appliances and cars, round out this well-done overview. Chronology appended. Roger Leslie


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-The Korean War, the "Red Scare," politics, civil rights, and the Cold War dominated this pivotal decade. Substantial chapters relate the important events and offer perspective on the trends that led to occurrences in the late 20th century. Three chapters are devoted to social and cultural themes. One chapter highlights achievements in baseball, football, basketball, track and field, tennis, and golf. While individual sports figures aren't indexed, some are mentioned in the limited year-by-year chronology. Lindop's coverage is meatier than Richard B. Stolley's in The American Dream: The 50s (Time-Life, 1999) and focuses less on popular culture than Stuart A. Kallen's The 1950s (Lucent, 1998). While not as generously illustrated as those two volumes, Lindop's book offers a solid, serious discussion in a relatively appealing package.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

The Korean War
A Red scare haunts Americans
"I Like Ike" and "I'm Madly for Adlai"
African Americans seek racial justice
The Cold War escalates
Big changes come to the United States
Television takes center stage
More entertainment
A golden age of sports

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