Friday, April 16, 2010

North America in the 1950s

The television began wide spread in the early 1950s, where every rich person owned one. On the street where the Ivavo family lived, Maczim was the only person to claimed a television. Therefore, people on their street would come to Maczim’s house on every Sunday to watch the Ed Sullivan Show. They laughed most of the time, watching Ed. Ed was one of the famous comedians at that time. Beside that, Hoedown and Front Page dominated television screen for almost ten years. Students were also addicted to television; mostly, as a result, they neglected schoolwork. There were many advantages of the television as well: it was the fastest way to exchange information between major cities. Canadian Broadcast Centre was the leading news presenter.

Other than the television, the automobile also played a key role in everyday life of Canadians and Americans. Post war era was the most prosperous time period for the continent. The automobile was the indication of that. Almost every family owned a car. The fuel was cheep. On Sundays, the Ivanov family used to visit their relatives. As the television, car also had some downsides, for example, teenagers and youth would street race. Maczim’s son also became interest in there rebellious activities!

Immigration was another major aspect in the post war era. Almost one million people came from Europe. Many of them settled in industrial states like Ontario and Pennsylvania due the diversity of job opportunities. Nevertheless, few came to Manitoba as well, but from that, only couple of families came to inner cities. Therefore, immigration was not a major aspect in North America in the late 1950s. Towards the end of this decade, almost three hundred thousand immigrants came from countries other than Britain. Many of them were Hungarians; they came as refugees seeking peace through the Soviets on their homeland.

Another major feature was the continuation of cold war. The North American Air Defence Command was formed in 1957 to protect skies over Canada and America from any possible nuclear attack from the Russians. Often, while people watched television, CBC would put updated information on cold war and alert Americans in any dangerous situation. Such incident occurred in 1955. However, there wasn’t attack!

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