Unit II – Guided Notes Date: 1950s Popular Culture
Reflect…What is the difference between ‘popular culture’ and ‘fads’?
I. Automobile Culture
; New car sales increased from (1950) to (1955)
; Suburban living made owning a car a necessity
production Public in other Transport. areas & declined provided
； Interstate Highway Act of 1956 Interstate Highway Map Analysis (see p. 3) 1. What areas of the U.S. have the least amount of federal o President Eisenhower highways? Why? o 2. How do you think the addition of federal highways has o changed life in America? Consider both positive and negative effects.
Effects of Television: Golden Age of Television
What are the fads today?
1950s Fads ;
1. 2. 3. 4.
Lash out against conformity! The teenagers, beatniks, and rock n roll
; Question for discussion: What characterizies teenagers from other groups?
o Parents were fearful of new teenage subculture
; BEAT MOVEMENT
o What was it?
o Define beatnik.
; Rock n roll
o New form of music in the 1950s
Famous Artists …
？ Chuck Berry ？ Little Richard ？ Bill Haley and the Comets ？ Elvis Presley
Discussion Questions: Allen Ginsberg’s America
1. How does the poem reflect a lack of conformity with 1950s values?
2. How does the poem reflect the ideas behind the beat movement?
; In what ways is Allen Ginsberg a beatnik?
3. Why do you think older generations would disapprove of the lyrics in the poem?