Economic Boom and Problems of the 1950's and 60's.

In this picture we could see the women working in the factories with such dangerous equipment. The work space is so crowded there is barely any space to move and as you can see there is no ventilation to let air in. Now we must picture this as a harsh environment to be working in but they had to do this in order to survive to get money to pay for their rents.

Racism.

The 1950 and 1960 was no walk in the park for many of the black people back then. It was a constant struggle of survival each day. Here is a famous speech we all know that thought us that we are all in the same...

The 1950's and 1960's saw the peaking of the American Civil Rights Movement with the desegregation of schools in 1954 and the organizing of widespread protests across the nation under a younger generation of leaders. Martin Luther King was a catalyst for many nonviolent protests in the 1960's, which led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Farm Families And Wages.

This pictures shows the amount of food each family would have to buy in a year in the 1950's. All of that food weighed 2½ tons and cost the $1,300. The list included 699 bottles of milk, 578 pounds of meat, 131 dozen eggs, 1.190 pounds of vegetables and 440 pounds of fresh fruit, plus sugar flour, bread and cereal. In 1951, the average family income was only $3,700. The photograph is a good example of what food cost a family in the early 50's and today, and what those prices meant to farmers who were trying to make money.

If you chart the real prices – in dollars adjusted for inflation – paid by consumers for food for home consumption and the prices paid to farmers for their raw materials, you see that there were large fluctuations in farm prices and much smaller fluctuations in retail food prices (see chart at left). You can also see that there were drastic declines in food prices and farm prices beginning in 1950. During the time of the 1950's and 60's after the second world war it was a constant battle of survival with each family each battling great hardship to get by each day and just to have food on their plate. I feel empathy towards them because i can imagine the situations they were living in. I can also relate to some of that it was most definitely a struggle to have to be overcome by great courage and bravery and most of all to have hope that things will get better.

                                    By Miracle Duru

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