Family life in the 50’s quickly grew into the stuff of T.V. sitcoms. What made this decade stand out? The new Middle Class rose out of the post-World War II boom, creating the ideal atmosphere for the great American family.
I was a child of that generation. Those days were simple, but sublime. A Sunday drive became a mini-road trip down country lanes, with Dairy Queen ice cream at the end. Riding “shot gun” was an honor awarded to the first sibling to reach the front seat. Although most families owned only one car–they owned a car. Dads wore either blue or white collars with pride and moms baked “from scratch.” Sunday began with church and ended with chicken dinners and extended family.
Middle class prosperity built on patriotism and traditional values resulted in a brief decade of security. It need be no more complicated than that.