Members: Matthew, Sarah and Joao
Topic: American Society in the 60s
The 60s was the age of Change; change of lifestyle, change of laws, change of education and much more. People were living much more comfortable lifestyles than ever before! The 60s were also considered 'The age of youth' since after the post-war baby-boom, there were so many teens and young adults.
Statistics from the 1960s
USA population; 177,830,000
Unemployed: 3,852,000
National Debt: $286,600,000,000
Average Salary: $4,743
Average Teacher Salary: $5,174
Minimum Wage: $1.00
Male Life Expectancy: 67 years
Female Life Expectancy: 73 years
Car Related Deaths: 21 for every 100,000 deaths
Statistics From 2010
USA population; 308, 746,000
Unemployed: 24,518,000
National Debt: $14,709,000,000,000 (When written, going up) USA debt clock
Average Salary: $44,410 USA's different jobs average salary
Average [English] Teacher Salary: $66,520
Minimum Wage: $7.75
Male Life Expectancy: 75.9 years
Female Life Expectancy: 80.9
Car Related Deaths:10 for every 100,000 deaths
Photo of a 1960 Mustang Ford, like the one the socs used in the book.
Entertainment in 1960s
Well known T.V. shows include The Flintstones, The Brady Bunch, The Addams family, The Jettsons, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Star Trek, etc.
Disney emerged producing well-known movies including the 101 Dalmatians, Pinocchio, etc.
There are also numerous musicals like My Fair Lady and Sound of Music.
As there was a Baby Boom in the 1950s, there were many children and teenagers in the 60s. As a result, many toys such as Barbie, G.I. Joe, etc. were created.
The 1960s was when skateboarding became a hit
Popular music at the time included The Beatles, The Supremes, The Righteous Brothers, etc.
Fashion in the 60s
mini-bouffant-hairstyle1.jpgBouffant hairstyle from early 60s
The decade's fashion style had 3 different styles.
The beginning of the decade had men with crew-cut hairstyles, and button-down plaid shirts. Women were required to wear knee-length dresses to most public areas, and had bouffant hairstyles.
During the middle of the 60s miniskirts and hot pants paired with go-go boots were the fad. Women wore their hair had either very long or very short. Men's hair was longer and usually contained lots of hair gel, hence the name "Greaser's". Turtlenecks, bright colors, pantsuits and double-breasted jackets were the norm of the time.
Towards the end of the decade, ties reached widths of up to 12.5 cm and were patterned. The women wore granny dresses, peasent skirts, and clunky shoes, much more modest then the mid decade. Unisex clothing was very fashion-forward too, like bell bottom jeans, t shirts and love beads (essentially beaded jewelry). African-Americans (either gender) wore their hair in Afros.
Literature in the 60s
During the 60s, political and social issues going on in America were reflected in the novels. Many were about the rights of Blacks, and the effect it made as a whole in America. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee told a story about a small town and the distinction of the Caucasian and Blacks.
The Newbery Award winners of each year during the 60s are:
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle Wojciechowska
1964: It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander

Here is a video of Mustangs from the 1960s.

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Other Information
Before the 1960s:

Gay people were practically invisible, with the exeption of two openly public figures,James Baldwin and Allen Ginsberg.
Women were not allowed to have abortions. Nor were they allowed to get national credit cards in many states. They were also not allowed to get top professions.
Black people were put into schools specifically for black people and not allowed to attend white colleges and universities. They were also put into segregated communities where white people did not normally go.

But because of the choices a few women and black people decided to choose to end the places white men had given to them, that inspired other people in the same position to rebel against the white people's roles for them. This caused the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act to occur. Because of this, black people no longer appear on television only in sports shows. Because of this, Women are no longer viewed by white men as subsuperior. Because of this, other oppressed groups in the United States were also inspired to arise from the discriminations and oppressions that people had given them.

In the 1960s existed a period known as the "Sexual Revolution". Before this, homosexuality was viewed as disgusting and wrong. Because many doctors claimed that homosexuality was a phsycological problem, gays were not able to demand rights for themselves. Homosexuals were viewed by some as potentially dangerous to the rest of the community, especially children. Many people persecuted gay teachers as they were thought to be a potential influence to the children and cause them to turn into homosexuals themselves. There was a campaign which confronted people about their discriminatory policies. However, there were still very few gay organizations by 1966, and growth in the organizations were very slow.

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