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By Alan J. Levine

ISBN-10: 1138507504

ISBN-13: 9781138507500

ISBN-10: 141280745X

ISBN-13: 9781412807456

For many, specifically these at the political left, the Fifties are the "bad outdated days." the commonly approved record of what was once allegedly incorrect with that decade contains the chilly warfare, McCarthyism, racial segregation, self-satisfied prosperity, and empty materialism. the issues are coupled with ignoring poverty and different social difficulties, complacency, conformity, the suppression of ladies, and puritanical attitudes towards intercourse. In all, the traditional knowledge sees the last decade as bland and uninteresting, with generally authorized humans paralyzed with worry of conflict, Communism, or McCarthyism, or all three.

Alan J. Levine, exhibits that the generally accredited photo of the Fifties is defective. It distorts a severe interval of yankee heritage. That distortion looks dictated by way of an ideological schedule, together with an emotional obsession with a sentimentalized model of the Nineteen Sixties that during flip calls for keeping a selected, deceptive view of the post-World conflict II period that preceded it. Levine argues serious view of the Fifties is embedded in an unwillingness to realistically overview the evolution of yank society because the Nineteen Sixties. Many--and not just liberals and people additional to the left--desperately wish to steer clear of seeing, or admitting, simply how badly many stuff have long past within the usa because the 1960s.

Bad outdated Days exhibits that the traditional view of the Nineteen Fifties stands towards the truth of the last decade. faraway from being the dismal prelude to a wonderful interval of growth, the postwar interval of the past due Nineteen Forties and Fifties used to be an period of unheard of development and prosperity. this period was once then derailed by way of catastrophic political and financial misjudgments and a drastic shift within the nationwide ethos that contributed not anything, or under not anything, to a greater world.

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