Angelica- Television in the 1960's

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Television in the 1960’s was unique. Many families liked to gather in front of the television while eating their dinners. The only channels that were available were ABC, CBS, and NBC. The T.V reception was received through a pair of rabbit ears antenna on top of the TV or an aerial antenna attached on rooftops of homes. People had no idea what TV cable was and the impact of it in the future.

Television became an essential item in many households. By 1960, about 80 percent of American families owned television sets and considered themselves lucky. The prices of the television sets were decreasing so everyone could afford to buy one. Many people sat down in front of the TV watching shows for hours and were eager to manipulate commercial breaks to their advantage. Some popular television shows from the 1960s were Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and 77 Sunset Strip. TV shows, along with television itself, was a big part of every day life.

Dylan- The Origins of Rock and Roll

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While the world was divided by racial issues everyone came together to share in the greatest thing at the time, Rock ‘n’ Roll. Chuck Berry was one of the first artists who brought all races together with his music. Elvis Presley had the greatest impact on Rock ‘n’ Roll. He didn’t really do much for the racial issues but he was a good singer Teenagers loved him and parents feared what would happen to their kids! Another “inventor” of Rock n' Roll was Little Richard. His “different” performances, rebellious music, and odd clothing made him popular with almost every teenager!

Rock n' Roll is a combination of several different music types, such as blues, jazz, black and white gospel music, and the songs of white crooners and harmony groups. For the first five years Rock n' Roll was known as Rock and Roll, they did not start calling it Rock n' Roll until Bill Haley and the Comets made the first Rock hit known as “Rock Around the Clock.” Towards the end of the 1950’s Rock n' Roll lost many great artists. Elvis got drafted into the Army then later died from a heart attack, Little Richard quit Rock n' Roll, and Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash. Soon Rock ‘n’ Roll so became nothing more then useless noise. While Rock n' Roll gave teenagers their own “name,” it became nothing soon to people. Rock n' Roll changed so much in the 60’s!


CJ- The Anti-War Movement

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The anti-war movement was a campaign against continuing the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War gave rise to the biggest and most successful Anti- War Movement in American history. Millions of Americans formed groups that would hold protests at college campuses and discuss the negatives of war. They held protests that demanded the United States to give up the war and bring back all the troops they sent to Vietnam.
When people were drafted to war many refused to go and they were called draft dodgers. Some people forged new lives which was very difficult, other people faked injuries to get out of getting drafted to the war.

Tristan- The Korean W

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After World War Two it was decided that Korea north of the 38th parallel was to be ruled by Soviet Russia and a United States military administration under the rule of General Douglas MacArthur would control the south. In the north, the Soviet-backed Stalinist government, under their client Kim Il-sung, created the North Korean Peoples Army, which was equipped with Soviet tanks, and artillery. In the South, the chaotic political situation resulted in an American-backed administration under the presidency of Syngman Rhee, whose openly declared aim was the imposition of national unity by force. As a result of this stance the American trained South Korean Army was lightly armed lacking tanks and combat aircraft.


The communist North Korean Peoples Army or N.K.P.A. invaded the democratic South Korea On June 25, 1950. As the North Koreans swept south overwhelming all positions, the United States called on the United Nations Security Council to invoke the UN Charter and brand the North Koreans as aggressors. This was done and member states were called on to send in military assistance. The N.K.P.A. pushed the UN troops down to Pusan at the tip of the Korean peninsula. MacArthur executed a daring plan in which troops were landed behind enemy lines at the port of Inchon. The UN troops proceeded north nearing the Chinese border the Chinese saw this as a threat and warned the UN. The N.K.P.A. pushed the UN troops down back to the 38th parallel where the war ended at a stalemate.

Griffon- The Korean War

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Ashley M.- The Beatles

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Phill- The Milwaukee Braves

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Jamme- The Space Race

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Anna- Computers of the 1950s and 1960s

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The 1950s saw some drastic improvements in computer technology. The ERA 1101, was the first commercially produced computer and was first purchased by the United States Navy. The first commercial computer was named “ First Ferranit MARK I”, and became functional at the Marchester University.


The IBM’s 7000 series mainframes were the first transistorized computers and were at the top of the line for that company. They were faster and more trusted than any other computers.


In the early 1960's, computers were very much out of the financial reach of small businesses. In fact, most large police departments didn't even use them yet. The computers filled up the space of several large living rooms. The only people who could afford computers were huge corporations, governmental agencies, and universities. Computers were becoming a big part of the world. Mainframe computers became much more common in large industries, the U.S Military, and the space program. IBM became the unquestionable market leader when it came to selling these big, expensive, and hard to use machines.

Kelia- Pop Art

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Kayla- Woodstock

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Lauren- The Beatles

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Paulino- Civil Rights

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Zoe- John F. Kennedy

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Anu- The Equal Rights Amendment

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Ashley L.- Pop Culture

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Tyree- The Green Bay Packers of the 1960s

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Ashley K.- The Green Bay Packers

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Zach- Toys of the 1960s

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Tre Marr- The Vietnam War

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Anderson- The Vietnam War

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Toys of the 1950s

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Toys of the 1960s

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The Space Race

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The Cold War

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The Anti-War Movement

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Fashion of the 1960s

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Patrick- Communism

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Ethan- The Beat Generation

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