Why The 1950s Werent As Wonderful As Some Thought They Were.

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"Clear and limited roles for mothers, fathers, and children establish a harmonious and efficient family life."

- In each family, the father was held with the responsibility of being a good provider. This concept of supplying the family with food and money to spend is quite typical in most families, but one article describes it as an "ulcer-producing, coronary-provoking, and death-inviting task." (2) Fathers wanted to be proud of their family's wealth and also wanted to be looked upon by others as very successful so they needed to work extra hard to achieve this goal. The outcome rested entirely on their shoulders because the mothers did not earn any income. They had their own role as well as the kids. Work went to many of these fathers' heads and "his life revolved almost entirely around his work- so much that the values of work were often brought into the home." (2) This caused chaos throughout the household because these men were living lives that were much too stressful to cope with. They felt the need to oppress the family (2) since their job's were oppressing themselves and this left the families in a tight spot.

- This way of family life was held together by a thin string provided by the mothers of these households. The mothers actually played just as big of a role as the fathers during this period even though they did not earn income. If it weren't for the mothers, the house would not be tidy every day and the food would never be prepared for the fathers coming home from work after a long, stressful day. Not to mention, the kids wouldn't receive the amount of attention they needed to mature from babies into healthy, well-versed children. Since they had to manage this demanding schedule, it made life very stressful for them as well. The fathers didn't help with their oppressiveness and life didn't seem quite the way the wanted it to be.

- Children may not have been expected to provide much for the family during the 1950's but they were still, nonetheless, expected to act like very mature adults. "The Onion" (a.k.a. "Finest News Source In America") had an article titled, "Supreme Court Rules U.S. Fathers Should Not Be Disturbed During Dinner Hour." In this article, it joked about how many fathers felt that their wives and children were bringing up too many complaints and trivial topics during dinner. "Father v. the Petersons is the case of husband and father of three. Walter Peterson, 38, who, while eating dinner on Nov. 3, 1955, was disrupted three times by his son, Eddie Peterson, 11." Since fathers were so stressed at work, this time was supposed to be quiet and calming but "The Onion" over-emphasizes this idea showing that if a child were to try and converse at the dinner table, it simply would not be sophisticated enough for them to even earn the right to speak and would actually be irritating to listen to. This is why children needed to always be on their best behavior at all times. (7) 6.
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