Differences and similarities between the 1920s and the 1950s
There many differences between the 1920s and the 1950s; such as, race relations, roles of women, and probably the big one is consumerism. Of course there were more but these three were the main ones. Yeah they had a different teenage culture but it wasn’t big. There were blacks wanting their rights, women being the man of the house during the wars, and even people just buying stuff because they can. These times were right after a war too. There were many problems that dealt with race relations. The post-emancipation in the 20's, there were equal rights more in theory than in practice. In the 50's, tensions became way more pronounced as civil rights movements peaked. Obviously, things were far worse in the south and the mid-Atlantic than in the north for both eras. On the whole, the 1950's were a time of greater social consciousness on the subject of race. In the 50s the civil rights movement was on its way, with Rosa Park and so on. The role of women played a big role in both of these times, they also had their differences. The 1920's were a time of rebellion, where women who wanted to spread their wings would cut their hair short to what is known as the “bob” and wear short dresses. They still show much skin but it was a breakthrough in how women dressed then. The popular body frame of the Flapper Era was skinny and flat-chested; women were being more aggressive and masculine in fighting off stereotypes of playing the submissive and beautiful housewife. In the 50's, there was a return to the how the women are supposed to be by being the women's ideal image of being a stay home mom that cooks, cleans, buys groceries, and takes care of the men of the house. The single women; on the other hand, was changed but in a sexual way you can say. They started wearing bikinis and that’s when magazines started such as playboy and so forth. There was also a lot of consumerism in both of these times...
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