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What was the best/worst fad of the 50's?
While many people remember the Fifties as America's golden era, the shadow of the Cold War loomed over the United States and influenced many of the politics of the era. In 1950 Communist North Korea invaded South Korea. General Douglas McArthur commanded the UN forces. The Korean War was waged to press the Communists back past the 38th Parallel. That same year senator Joseph McCarthy from Wisconsin made a name for himself by accusing members of the Department of State of Communist subversion in trials that resembled witch hunts. In 1954 the Supreme Court decided unanimously to end government tolerance to racial segregation in Brown v. Board of Education. Chief Justice Earl Warren in the decision rejected the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling declaring that "separate but equal" wasn't good enough. In 1950's the polio epidemic cast fear throughout the nation. Finally, Dr. Jonas Salk invented a vaccine in 1954 that reduced rate of infection, and helped a nation breath a much needed sigh of relief. But before long the Soviets had launched Sputnik into orbit.
Share your Cold War memories!

NAT 'KING' COLE

LAURENCE WELK

ELVIS PRESLEY

HARRY BELAFONTE

BUDDY HOLLY

Who was the best singer of the 50's?

JAMES DEAN

JACK KEROUAC

MARILYN MONROE

D.  EISENHOWER

MICKEY MANTLE