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The financial prosperity experienced by the United States in the years following the Second World War created a new American identity A television in the living room a Cadillac in the driveway one boy one girl a wife in the kitchen and Rex by the fireplace This is the stereotypical conservative family of the 1950s whose existence was not without a counterpart A radical reaction to the conformity and ignorance of the post-war era later christened the Beats sprung up across America This sparse movement of roaming vagabonds their experience both captured and defined by such immortal writers as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg utterly rejected the values and ideals of middle class America Beat literature drastically redefined the American Dream to one which valued individuality and the deeper meaning derived from life experience by popularizing and glorifying anti-heroes who hold closely and act on the Beat ideal The political and social turmoil of 1950s America was an incubator for the Beat departure from common culture Our government adopted fascist anti-communist policies under the direction of McCarthy and our troops fought a taxing war overseas in Korea Almost all public institutions segregated between black and white as racism ran rampant across the country while a large migration to vast homogeneous suburbs coupled with minorities moving to the inner cities furthered the disparity Elvis Presley helped give birth to rock n roll and the television was invented cultivating widespread conformity by providing young and old with a shared experience reflecting accepted social patterns Even though the political and social conditions mentioned above helped create the air of rebellion of which beat culture was the most radical extension he insufferable conformity of the suburbs is what drove the Beats to reject their counterparts way of life and define a unique dream for themselves They viewed the Keeping up with the Jones mentality of suburban life to be meaningless empty and materialistic Not surprisingly the idea of suppressing
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