Until the term teenagers had never before been coined. Children were known as girls and boys were known as youths once they displayed signs of puberty. Then young people were grown up at 18 and fully adult legally at 21 when they often married and set up a home of their own, even if it was a rented room.
The United States emerged from the Second World War the most powerful and affluent nation in the world. This statement, bald but essentially accurate, is the given foundation for understanding matters foreign and domestic, the Cold War and the Age of Abundance in America. Yet the sense of confidence and triumph suggested by that firm phrasing and by our images of soldiers embracing women as confetti swirled through downtown streets obscures another post-war reality.
You ever see one of those hipster Tumblr collages that talk about what people wish they were doing? Like saying that they wish they were laid up with someone, or that they wish they went on a certain type of vacation. Yes this is something that only white people on social media seem to entertain and even a good portion of them thinks it makes no sense.
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Seeing how many people you could pack into a phone booth was what teens did before the Internet, I wanna hear the rest of that joke. Now take it from the top.
In the s, fashion was more conservative and gender-specific than it is today. Teenage girls were expected to wear skirts and dresses in all but the most casual circumstances. Teenage boys had a little more freedom to be casual, wearing dungarees or jeans in the style James Dean and Marlon Brando, popular screen actors of the day.
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 50s, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". People used to say he had the voice of a black singer and the moves.
I recently interviewed a woman, Anna Jane who grew up during the 50s. As I listened to her talk about all the teen fads she fondly remembered from the 50s, I was fascinated to reflect on how different it is for our generation of teens. Anna Jane recalled music icons of her teenage years with affectionate memories. Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, two crooners whose fans often got into fights with each other over the singers.
The output of teen films into the early s was rather meager, although America's fascination with juvenile delinquency JD never disappeared altogether. In two significant JD films began to renew interest in the cinematic subgenre: City Across the River intended to shock its audience by directly addressing the problem of teen crime, and Knock on Any Door further explored the connected elements of society that breed delinquency. Yet these films were tame compared to the ephebiphobia fear of teenagers that swept the country in the mids, in the midst of the appearance of rock 'n' roll music and the booming postwar economy.
The word teenager was not really said unitl the s. This put a title on a new and upcoming age group of men and women that are no longer kids but not yet adults. These teenagers had a new found purpose in life, and that was to enjoy their life and to be themselves. As a youg adult in the 30s or the 40s, your were not expected to graduate high school, then go to college, then get a job but you were expected to work and provide for your family as soon as you were able to.