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The Fifties Course is an examination and discussion of the sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the 10 years that David Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. We offer portraits of the titans: Eisenhower, Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover and Nixon, but also Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc, who mass produced the American hamburger; Kemon’s Wilson, who changed the way we sleep on the road; U-2 plot Gary Francis Powers; Grace Metallious, who wrote Peyton Place; and many others. We learn that the Fifties were not a time of innocence as is frequently assumed, but a time of viciousness and loss of whatever remaining innocence post- WWII America might have possessed. Halberstam’s book, The Fifties, is not required but would enhance the class experience.