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Socially economically and politically the 1950s were the happy days The 1950s were marked with many historical events positive and negative The decade had its downfalls but they were nothing compared to the improvement of life in all aspects The economy was booming making families feel more financially stable than they had in years There was an explosion of science and technologyBrinkley 803 Medical advances at this time included the polio vaccination Unemployment was down the economy was up and family life showed the morale of the American people was much higher than it had been in many years In the first few years of the fifties while Harry Truman was still President the United States and the USSR were rivals The American people and the government feared communism espionage was a high priority to the government Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin made a claim during a 1950 speech that led to congressional investigations into the accused communists McCarthy claimed to hold in his hand a list of 205 known communists currently working in the American State Department Brinkley 794 These claims were taken seriously by Congress because that same year the McCarran Internal Security Act was passed This act required all communist organizations to register with the government and to publish their records Brinkley 793 Dwight D Eisenhower was elected President in 1952 ending the dismal Truman Administration It was during Eisenhowers two terms in office that the modern Civil Rights Movement really began In 1954 the Supreme Court voted that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional in the famous case of Brown vs The Board of Education in Topeka Kansas The next year they handed down a second part to the previous ruling with possible ways to integrate It wasnt until 1957 however that black students were able to attend all-white schools In 1957 Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas enrolled the first black students nine in all It took two
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