1950s Essay

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Todd Smith
Professor Terry Ruud
English 1201
April 24, 2014
The 1950s: Good or Bad? There are those who think of the 1950s as an era to be remembered, and there are others who think of it as an era to be forgotten. There are people who remember the 50s fondly, as an era we should emulate. Then there are others who think the era should not be forgotten [if only to remember the inequalities and injustices better left in the past]. Opinions will differ depending on who one asks and their backgrounds.
Let me begin by sharing an e-mail my mother received from her cousin just last night. I don't believe in coincidence; I believe this was divine intervention. This was truly God being God, knowing I needed all the help I could get with this essay:
One evening, a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the recent shootings at schools, the computer age and just things in general. The grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute; I was born before penicillin, frozen foods, xerox machines, contact lenses, and the pill. There were no credit cards, laser beams or ballpoint pens. Your grandfather and I got married before living together. Every family had a father and mother. It was a time before gay-rights, computer-dating, and group therapy. Time-sharing meant spending time with your family in the evenings and weekends, not purchasing condominiums. You could buy a new Ford coupe for $600, but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was $.11 a gallon. In my day "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in, "aids" were helpers in the Principal’s office and "software" wasn't a word. We were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed husband to have a baby. (Sleeper)
Those that have fond memories of the 1950s remember a time when there…...

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