1950s Conformity

After the war, men took back their jobs and women were forced back into the home.  Conformity was common among the young and old who followed group norms rather than striking out on their own.

Not everyone conformed to culture norms.  The "beat generation" rebelled against conventional values.  In Allen Ginsberg's poem, "Howl", he criticizes the modern mechanized civilization.  Elvis Presley also popularized black music in the form of Rock and Roll.  

Television helped to increase conformity by broadcasting social norms all across the nation.  This included advertising which helped increase consumerism.  

The rise of Levittowns also contributed to the need to conform.  Advertisers advertised the green, open spaces of the suburbs where buyers would find stability and protection.   

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