1950s American Culture Analysis

1182 Words5 Pages
Diplomacy is very important; it gives countries the ability to share their culture, beliefs and ideas all throughout the world, coming in many forms such as literature and film. During the 1940s to the 1950s a bipolar world order consisted of two super powers that had emerged from world war two’s ending, each with their own abundance of economic and cultural means; more than other neighboring or distant countries. The two super powers were the United States and the Soviet Union. Cultural diplomacy helped to disrupt the bipolar world order in the 1940’s and 1950’s with the distribution of cultural products; domestically and culturally exchanged between the two countries, this also paved the way to create alliances with other countries but…show more content…
These distributions were all done in the form of advertisements that helped to show the public the new modern technology they would want to buy. Now beside the advertisements for consumerism, seen in between television shows, Americans placed there ideology of the bourgeois way of life, middle class people and the woman in the homes, in there television shows. Examples of this can be seen in the television series Father Knows Best; published in the 1950s the television series portrayed the sought for and ideal view of the All American family. In the series you can also see the way American Culture idealized youth and sexuality when the young popular cheerleader Betty had many “boyfriends” as a way to show how youth and being attractive was important. The perfect family picture for the American Culture, a mother who raises children, a father who works; reliable to his family, and beautiful happy children. Because the United States idealized the bourgeois way of life, this television series was the perfect portrayal of practices in the American Dream, which was practice in modernity such as the modern kitchen, consumerism from new products; automobiles, and family…show more content…
The Soviet Union looked to gain the most technology possible through exchanges, believing that the United States had much to offer them in regards to science. The United States realized that the outcome would be far more beneficial to the Soviet Union and the policy makers decided to monitor closely and control the exchanges. The United States also believed that cultural relations would be negative for them, that the Soviet Union was going to use them to manipulate their people with communist beliefs and propaganda; oddly this is true for them both as the United States and Soviet Union agree to Cultural Exchange after the Signing of The Lacy Zarubin agreement. The United States is planning to use it as a form of propaganda. In the agreement they are both entitled to allow cultural exchange to happen, the United States presses for uncensored control of radio, books, and film. The Soviet Union declines; reason why is mentioned in the Sep 24,

More about 1950s American Culture Analysis

Open Document