- ›› Eras and Sub-Eras : The Fifties
Glossary Term – Person
Thurgood Marshall (1908–1993), an African American lawyer and US Supreme Court justice, was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Marshall attended a segregated high school in Baltimore and then went to Lincoln University, where the student body was all black and the faculty all white. Because the University of Maryland Law School refused to accept African Americans, Marshall’s mother pawned her engagement and wedding rings so he could attend Howard Law School. With the legislative and executive branches of government largely...
Glossary Term – Place
Fallout shelters were created as refuges to be used in the event of a nuclear attack. Named for the radioactive “fallout” produced by nuclear weapons, fallout shelters were stocked with food, water, and supplies for survival.
Glossary Term – Place
Levittowns were planned suburban communities built by developer William Levitt after World War II. Levitt’s communities were comprised of mass-produced prefabricated houses built quickly and cheaply. Many were sold to veterans and their families inexpensively. The four communities built by William Levitt soon became a model for other suburban developments created throughout the nation after the war.
Marc Dolan, an English and American Studies scholar at John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY), discusses his new book, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ’n’ Roll (W.W. Norton, 2012).
The Cold War was more than the product of post-World War II tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union argues John Lewis Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University. Rather, it was the product of events extending all the way back to the 1830s, when Alexis de Tocqueville predicted that Russia and the United States would become the world's foremost powers. In this lecture, Gaddis examines U.S.-Soviet relations from the nineteenth century through the end of World War II, tracing the myriad causes of the Cold...
Professor of History and Social Justice and Department Head, Carnegie Mellon University
Professor Trotter talks about his recent book, Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II.