Common Theme for life in the United States in the 1950s

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In the post-war period where the main society was in need for order, The Beats were a demonstration of academic suggestion, which was calling for naturalness, and an end for mental domination. The Beats stressed openness to assortments of knowledge further than middle-class society by refusing the conformism and pressure on normality of the Truman and Eisenhower years.

The Beat Movement concerned the decriminalization of a number of laws against marijuana and other drugs. The Beat phenomenon had some grave influence on the increase in the practice of drugs in the 1950s. Other than marijuana, the people of the Beat Generation were fascinated in Benzedrine and many of them started to experiment with other drugs such as LSD.

The Beats attitude towards family values, their treatment of women and children were very different for their time. They were notorious for their countless romances, one-night affairs, not knowing their own offspring, and abandoning women in the states.

In the early Beat Generation, there is very little to be said about the women because of the sexism during the 1950s.

The Beats were strongly in favor of spiritual liberation and sexual revolution. The tough support of the Beatniks towards all probable kinds of sexual practices could not go unrestricted in a society with such immense an importance on normality and conformity. In a period of affluence and conformity in, a family consisting of parents, two children, was seen as the only proper model of could not be seen positively.

The Beat Movement revealed a conflict with the American culture of the 1950s. The post-war period saw a rise in financial success and income that triggered an equally unique rise in consumerism, home ownership, and weddings and birth rates. All the factors created a culture with emphasis on normality and conformity. The Beat...