In the year 1954, the United States was changing rapidly. President Eisenhower, a Republican,
was in the midst of his first term. Eisenhower had just announced to the world that the United
States had in fact developed and successfully tested the first hydrogen bomb two years prior.
Mamie Eisenhower christened the Nautilus, which was the first submarine to run on nuclear
power. The great court decision, "Brown vs. the Board of
Education," called for the integration of the country's public schools. Arkansas and Alabama
refused to integrate and President Eisenhower was forced to send the 101st Airborne Division to
integrate the schools of these states. The phrase "Under God" was added to the Pledge of
Allegiance. Eighteen-year olds were shouting, "If we are old enough to fight and die for our
country, why can't we vote?" The teens got a bill into the house but it was turned away by the
The hip 1954 style Capris
Or also called Bermuda
New fashions were surfacing in both men's and women's fashions. Men were wearing
Bermuda pants, baggy pants that were cut off at the knee, while women were wearing capris,
tight pants that cut off just below the knee. Men were wearing tailored jackets and making a
slight move towards the casual dress of today's workplace. Women were wearing natural
shoulders as opposed to the heavily padded ones of the war years. Flat, neck-hugging collars
replaced the mannish collars of the late 1940's. Waists were tightly fitted and skirts were long
(Melinkoff 46). The jeans of the time were often lined with plaid flannel and dungarees were
worn to the most casual occasions. The sandals of the fifties were not much different than the
sandals of today.
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