1950’s Youth Culture


Youth culture in the nineteen fifties was a time that opened up the world to be integrated for whites and blacks. In this paper the fifties are analyzed through the clothing, styles, cars, family life, and most importantly entertainment.
Talking to various members of my family I asked them if they could remember the way that the youth dressed in the nineteen- fifties. The responses were all similar. The popular man role wore tight white T- shirts which were described to me (I hate this expression)as ‘Guinea T’s.’ These are white T- shirts in which the manufacturer cut- off the sleeves. Also regular white T- shirts were worn with one sleeve rolled up with a pack of cigarettes. When I ...

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their style. The ‘Beatnik’ generation was forming out of Grenitch village in Manhattan which the style was more of a depressing look. They wore mostly black or darker colors. I watched a movie called ‘The Wanderers’ to try to take a look at how they dressed and the portrayal was what I just described.
The type of children that the fifties brought out was a common question I asked everyone I surveyed, and to tell you the truth they were not all that much help. There were the popular crowd who were ‘Greaser’ types. The Greaser boys were the bad boys, they spawned off of the rebellious biker gang called the ‘Hell’s Angel’s.’ This group was a bike gang who rebelled against the norm of society. Society tried to keep the children innocent instead of letting them have fun. The Greaser style spawned off of this belief. I watched the movie "Grease" to see how teenage Greasers lived and where they hung out. Places like the drive- in movie theater or the soda pop stand. Another ...

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stick shift and the stick was where the turning signals are. There were also only three gears to put your car into. I opened up the hood and to my surprise it looked empty. The motor was a very strange rectangular box, and there appeared to be nothing else under the hood. The seats were bench, and everything inside was very classy. AM radio was the only option for any input as far as entertainment is concerned. The other car I looked at was a redone Woody. This car was completely made out of wood. It looked almost like a pathfinder type of car from the fifties. This automobile was used mostly on the west coast by the surfers who would strap on their very heavy longboards and jet ...

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Added: 5/27/2008 07:40:15 AM
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