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The Fifties in America:  Bland Consensus or Roots of 1960s Cultural Revolution?   

C  In-Person Class: This class will be taught in person, in the classroom at the Red Cross building.
    Enrollment: The American Red Cross pandemic protocols may limit the enrollment for this class.
    Registrants will be informed in advance, and a waitlist will be available.

The 1950s, or “long fifties” from 1950-1963, were known for conservativism, conformity, and political consensus. After all, this was the era of unprecedented prosperity, Ike’s smile and evasiveness, Cold War unity vs. communism, Red Scare, a “Happy Days” image, and sock hops with poodle skirts. While this stereotype has much merit, underneath calm waters the seeds of future turbulence grew. The long fifties also saw the rise of rock ‘n’ roll, the surge of civil rights and feminist activism, an anti-nuclear campaign, gay organizing, and more. Join us as presenter Mike Homel explores both sides of this intriguing era of American history.


Michael Homel is Professor Emeritus of History at Eastern Michigan University. He specializes in 20th century American history and American urban history. He is the author of Unlocking City Hall:  Exploring the History of Local Government and Politics, and other publications on urban politics and education.


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