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On June 27, 1950, in response to a call for aid from the United Nations Security Council , President Harry S. Truman ordered U.S. Air and Naval Forces to defend South Korea against invading North Korean forces, the start of the United States’ involvement in the Korean War.
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Life in the 1950s
What were the 1950's like? Now that we are in a new century and millennium, 1950 sounds so very long ago. Well, put that pie in the oven, hang up your apron and get set to go back as we take a peek in our retro time machine and drop in on the likes of Lucy and Ethel, Alice and Trixie, and maybe even some real people too!
Troops Holed In Near Blast Center Safe
Men Sent Into 'Hot' Area Soon After Explosion
Scientists unleashed their sixteenth atomic explosion in the United States today over 1500 troops who reported "All safe" from their foxholes 20 minutes after its blast showered them with dust and pebbles. Phew! Well it's good to know that they're safe! I was worried there for a minute! It was the twenty-seventh time the United States had touched off its cataclysmic nuclear might. And this time American doughboys were closer to the "ground zero" target point beneath the airdropped bomb than ever before in history. Some of them were in four and a half- to five-foot deep holes within three mile* of the ground bull's-eye. San Mateo Times, April 22, 1952
I bet they all watched "Duck and Cover" before! Are you ready for the Atomic bomb? Not sure? Well then, watch the following informative video and get ready!
Duck and Cover (1951)
Just What Were We So Worried About?
Seems silly, doesn't it? Terrible bombs to keep the boogie man out? Paranoia about communists and socialists - what, were they hiding behind every bush? Just what's so bad about communists, anyway?
In the video above, you see the events of 6 days or so around April 17th, 1953 in Berlin, Germany. 25,000 Soviet troops moved into East Berlin and Berlin became a city divided - although there was no wall yet, people were prevented from returning home by the soldiers. Fate would have played a big role that day - if you had gone shopping and had unwittingly crossed the new border - it would be 36 years before you would be able to return. Nobody really saw that coming...
What were people like?
On Grace and Courage:
Elizabeth Eckford on her way to school in Little Rock, Arkansas September 4, 1957. How many of us would have just stayed home that day? Sometimes things just are really Black and White.
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In The News:
This is our capital, mind you, Washington D.C.
"The court ruled 8-0 that an 80-year-old District of Columbia law forbidding racial discrimination by cafes, bars and ice cream parlors is valid and still in effect. The decision was in a case arising from refusal of a restaurant operated by the Thompson chain to serve a number of Negroes in 1950," wrote The Frederick Post on June 9, 1953.
They weren't protesting school lunches.
ATLANTA (UP)— While Congress debates civil-rights legislation, Southern Negroes gradually are winning some equal rights, a United Press survey disclosed. Their progress to date has been almost entirely aside from segregation barriers, which have not been and probably will not be relaxed within the foreseeable future. Most responsible Negro leaders currently are minimizing demands along that line while pressing for equal opportunities at the polls and in the schools. The survey shows the position of the Southern Negro has greatly improved during the past several years. Most Southern states are appropriating extra millions of dollars to provide more school facilities for Negroes. Hundreds of thousands of Negroes are voting for the first time.
More than 75 Southern towns and cities have Negro policemen. North Carolina has appointed a Negro to the state board of education. A number of Catholic churches, and a scattered few Protestant churches have removed segregation barriers.
A long series of Federal court victories provided the impetus for most of the Negro's social progress. The courts virtually outlawed the traditional Southern white primary and recently have ruled that states must provide equal educational opportunities for the two races. The Southern Regional Council, which keeps accurate records on racial activities, reports that more than 600,000 Southern Negroes now are "qualified" to vote, compared to 211,000 10 years ago. The council said many of the "qualified" voters still are not getting to the polls because of remaining registration procedures in some states.
George Mitchell, council director, said Negroes now are permitted to join organizations for lawyers, nurses, librarians and social workers in half the Southern states. On the other hand. Negro teachers are restricted except In one state, doctors from all but one, and Negro dentists are barred from professional societies throughout the area. September 22, 1950, European Stars And Stripes
The US Presidents
* Wrote his wife Bess Love Letters
* His campaign slogan was "I Like Ike"
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