History Essay

623 WordsApr 6, 20113 Pages
The 1950’s There were several good things that happened in the 1950’s. But there were also many bad things. This is the decade that began rock n' roll, the civil rights movement, better family living, advances in technology, medical research, and other wonderful things this country was not used to seeing or hearing. The 1950's were looked at more as a state of mind or a way of living rather than just another decade or time era in American history. Nobody worried about war, nobody worried about how they were going to feed their children and keep a roof over their heads because everyone had jobs and the economy was doing great. One reason the 1950's were the most influential decade in American history is because rock and roll was introduced to the country and it let people forget about their morals for a while and just let loose to have fun. It was a great time and one main reason was because most people were happy with their lives because everything was "perfect." In the 1950's most men had their wives, their kids, and their cars. That was pretty much all they needed to survive. The reason everyone had jobs is because the economy was doing so great. Medicine also played a very important role in happier living. One of the major advancements in medicine occurred in 1952 when there was a breakout of a disease called polio. This disease was killing many young men and women all over the country. As a medical student at The University of Michigan John Stalk studied viruses and soon came to the conclusion that there was no cure for the virus called polio but there was a way to prevent it. He discovered a way to vaccinate people so that if they did catch the disease the body's immune system would know how to fight it off. Almost everyone around the nation had heard of this new discovery and went to their doctors to receive the immunization. This discovery led to further

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