Elvis vs. Salinger

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The 1950’s produced some of America’s best stars and authors. Many of them would become the greatest stars of the twentieth century. This era produced the social conformity Elvis Presley and J.D. Salinger dared to rebel with their works. America was beginning to recover from WWII when the Cold War began. The Cold War caused much stress on Americans. The literature revealed the doubt of the true worth of America’s values. Art became abstract with bold colors and shapes. Education got on a whole new level with the integration of blacks into all white schools. Television became the dominate mass media and the legacy of music, Rock ‘n Roll began. It was an era looked at more as a state of mind or a way of living rather than just another decade in American history. Elvis Aaron Presley was the king of Rock ‘n Roll. Rock ‘n Roll music became very popular with the teens of the 50’s, because it went against the conformist views. Many parents disliked this type of music, they though it to be evil. Elvis was the most famous man in the world and sold more than half a billion records. He was a terrific guy and a caring person, everyone loved him. Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi (Guralnick C2). He was going to be one of a twin to his parents Vernon and Gladys Presley, but his brother Jesse Garon Presley, was a stillborn (C1). So Elvis grew up as an only child. Elvis was born in a two-room shack in a not so good neighborhood. The Presley family was not very wealthy. There was an electricity service to the house, but only in the form of a single outlet on the ceiling, in the middle of each of the two rooms. Even though the family did not have much money, Elvis’s mother made sure he had enough to eat and be able to have a little of luxuries. Elvis didn’t have many friends growing up, his best friend was his guitar, which he picked

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