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Chapter 13: The Cold War Era

Student Web Activity

"Life in the 1950s"

In this chapter you learned about the history of the Cold War. You also analyzed life and politics in the United States during the 1950s.

Destination Title: Kingwood College Library, American Cultural History

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After clicking on the link above, scroll down to read the section on "Education." Read the paragraph on education in the 1950s and then click on the "Autherine J. Lucy" link. Use what you learn to answer the questions below.

From where did Autherine obtain her undergraduate degree? For which subject did she receive a degree?
Why do you think Autherine contacted the NAACP when she decided to enroll in the University of Alabama?
Why do you think Autherine's friend reconsidered enrolling in the University of Alabama?

Click the "to the top" link to return to the top of the page. Now click on the "Fashion and Fads" link. Read the paragraph that accompanies this section and answer the questions below

What were saddle shoes?
Give examples from the web site which demonstrate the conservative values of this time.
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