Literature and Culture of the American 1950s

The Civil Rights Movement 1955-1965
ranging from the 1955-1965 Montgomery bus boycott to the student-led sit-ins of the 1960s to the huge March on Washington in 1963.

The Fifties: American Cultural History

The Fities at a Nuclear Laboratory
Glory Days is the title of this chapter in the life of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a nuclear laboratory, which is examined with respect to American Culture of the decade of the Fifties.

The Literature & Culture of the American 1950s
Extensive collection of links to articles, writings, photograps and literature on and from the 1950s

Secondary school educators
articles, ressouces and essays on the American 1950s

The Beat Generation

Culture Crash
the essay 'Culture crash - Ashcan Rantings and kind king light of mind Why the Beats Still Matter' presented by the IO Magazine, a digital magazine of literature and culture.

Media Resource Center: Beat Generation
The Beat Generation: Audio and Video Materials in the UC Berkeley Libraries

The Beat Generation
characteristics of the Beat Generation

The Beat Museum
everything about the beats

The Beatpage
essentials about the 'Beat Generation'. Information on Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and others.

Film and Music

The Music of the 1950s
an introduction to music of the fifties

The Biology of Science Fiction Cinema
short description of movies like "The Brain Eaters" (1958) and "The Blob" (1958)

James Dean

Rebel without a cause
about the movie 'Rebel without a cause' (1955)

James Dean Presentation
James Dean PowerPoint Presentation (~3 MB)


Houghton Mifflin : The Heath Anthology of American Literature

Jeffers studies

American Writers and Their Works - The 20th Century