1950's vs. Today

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Although, the culture of the 1950s was very different from today’s world, the events during that time helped make it possible to build our country into what it is today. Men and women both held different roles in raising their family. The phrase “separate but equal” played an important role for education. Did you know that women were asked to leave their home to serve for our country during the 1950’s?

The roles of the men and women were very different in the 1950’s. The workforce ratio was 5 men to 2 women. Men in many cases were the bread winners of the family. They would get up in the morning and head off to work for the day. When evening came, they would come home to their wife and children, sit down for dinner, watch the news on TV, or read the newspaper. Then they would go to bed to get up and do it all over again the next day.

I look at my grand-parents, who started their family in the mid-1950’s. My grand-daddy served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. When he came back home, they were married, built a house on the beach and had a baby, 10 years later they had 5 children. My grand-daddy was a very hard worker, who never missed a day of work in his life; he worked for a nuclear power plant. He would come home to a house full of kids, sometimes there would be kids there that weren’t even his running around making a racket. Nana would serve him dinner on a tray in the living room. If he was working outside in the yard you would hear my Nana yell “Johnny, Dinner!” which she still does to this day. She did this with a smile of her face every time, because she loved him so much and was very proud to be his wife and the mother of his children. Nana was a hair dresser before they were married. After the kids were born she stayed at home to take care of them and be a wonderful supporting wife.

Education was different in the 1950’s for whites than blacks. There was a term “separate but equal” which was used until 1954. Having the races...
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