Rock and roll

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By the 1950’s middle class families were enjoying a level of affluence that they would have never imagined. America was experiencing a rapid development in a lot of fields, such as technology,communication, medicine. They also had created new roles of society- working dads and stay-at-home moms. The Levitt brothers develop the first Levittown in the suburbs. It was the first planned communitywhere everything looked the same. These planned communities were inhabited by people of the same class, the same races, with the same income and in the same age group. It was in this environment thatcaused the rebellion and nonconformist behavior of the baby boomers generation.

The majority of baby boomers grew up in these traditional families and in these bland lives in the suburbs.When they become teenagers they were tired of this lifestyle, and they started rebelling. They created a new youth culture. They rebelled against the world of they parent with the music they listened to,the dances they danced, the movies they watched, and the slang they used (Chp42, pg.552). The new music and dance was the rock ‘n’ roll. Elvis Presley promoted it. Teenagers loved his distinctivesound and visual appearance. Boys imitated him wearing the same clothes and the hair slicked back with long sideburns. He had started a new kind of dance that parents did not like because they thought hewas a depraved that danced in a inappropriate sexual way. Teenagers loved it and they would dance and sing like him in school gyms. Teenagers also rebelled with the new slang they made. They createda bunch of new words so their parents and adults wouldn’t understand what they were talking about.

Not only teenagers were rebelling. Adults were also rebelling against convention in art,literature and in Hollywood. In art, painters formed a new school of art known as abstract expressionism. This artist rebelled against realistic and usual styles of painting creating something new. The...
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