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With all the talk of how the political right seems to be heading off a cliff and equated to fascists, I thought I would do a little reminiscing of how wonderful life was here during my childhood in the 1950s.
Lets start with the women first.
For the most part women were stay at home moms. Most had finished high school but few went to college. Those that did could look forward to exciting careers of teaching, nursing, secretarial work etc. College was for finding a husband, after all. And women all wore dresses.
The whole country was segregated. Not just the south where it was law but up north as well. You nearly never saw any blacks in any of the department stores or shopping centers or on public transportation or anywhere that was for whites. This went for other minorities in certain parts of the country as well. College for most blacks and even Latinos and Native Americans was pretty much a lost cause since the only jobs open for most were low paying.
You did not see Blacks on TV much and in fact Nat King Cole had no sponsors for his short lived program. Mixed race marriages were against the law in a lot of states at this time. As was any kind of homosexual activity and abortions. There were also some fairly stiff restrictions on divorce as well in some areas.
People went to church. And if you didn't, it was seen as nearly un-American in more than a few places.
Speaking of un-American, any talk of supporting communism, socialism, Marxism could get you fired or worse sometimes. McCarthy didn't last that long but his legacy did. Americanism was holy, so that meant capitalism as well.
Spouse abuse was not considered a crime when carried out by the husband. Police did not interfere with domestic situations much. Corporal punishment of children was the norm and not considered child abuse. And killing Black people - even in some northern areas - was considered sport and not a crime.
We had a draft and all wars were considered good and just. Especially those against any communist countries. Toppling communist or socialist regimes and installing fascist ones was the official government policy.
Yes life was pretty good if you were a white protestant Anglo Saxon male in this country then. And especially good if you worked for a defense contractor.
And this is what the right wants to bring back.