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In the year 1954 the United States was changing rapidly President Eisenhower a Republican was in the midst of his first term Eisenhower had just announced to the world that the United States had in fact developed and successfully tested the first hydrogen bomb some two years prior Mamie Eisenhower christened the Nautilus which was the first submarine to run on nuclear power The great court decision Brown vs the Board of Education called for the integration of the countrys public schools Arkansas and Alabama refused to integrate and President Eisenhower was forced to send the 101st Airborne Division to integrate the schools of these states The phrase Under God was added to the Pledge of Allegiance Eighteen-year olds were shouting If we are old enough to fight and die for our country why cant we vote The teens got a bill into the house but it was turned away by the senate New fashions were surfacing in both mens and womens fashions Men were wearing Bermuda pants baggy pants that were cut off at the knee while women were wearing capris tight pants that cut off just below the knee Men were wearing tailored jackets and making a slight move towards the casual dress of todays workplace Women were wearing natural shoulders as opposed to the heavily padded ones of the war years Flat neck-hugging collars replaced the mannish collars of the late 1940s Waists were tightly fitted and skirts were long Melinkoff 46 The jeans of the time were often lined with plaid flanel and dungarees were worn to the most casual occasions The sandals of the fifties were not much different than the sandals of today In the entertainment world On the Waterfront won the Oscar for the best film while its star Marlon Brando won the Oscar for best actor Grace Kelly won best actress for her role in The Country Girl James Dean and Humphrey Bogart were also creating memorable
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