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The Fifties

The Fear & the Dream (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV Episode | Documentary, History

Following the victorious end of World War II, America was looking forward to new prosperity and relief from the shortages and rationing that the war required. New affluence, new low-cost suburban homes, and dreams of the good life resulted...See moreFollowing the victorious end of World War II, America was looking forward to new prosperity and relief from the shortages and rationing that the war required. New affluence, new low-cost suburban homes, and dreams of the good life resulted in a baby boom. With the advent of the Hydrogen bomb, a growing awareness of the communist threat and the beginning of the cold war, those dreams threatened to morph into nightmares. Written by Havan IronOak See less
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Updated Dec 31, 1997

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1997 (United States)

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Jack Anderson
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Francis Biddle
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Harlon Block
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John Chancellor
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Jules Feiffer
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Rene A. Gagnon
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Frank Gibney
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Althea Gibson
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Leslie Groves
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David Halberstam
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Ira H. Hayes
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Edward Herrmann
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Harold L. Ickes
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William D. Leahy
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William Levitt
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Arthur MacArthur
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Douglas MacArthur
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Jean MacArthur
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Edward McCabe
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Joseph McCarthy
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J. Robert Oppenheimer
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Carlos Rodriguez
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Ethel Rosenberg
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Stuart Samuels
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John Service
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Jane Stern
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Mike Strank
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Edward Teller
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Bess Truman
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Harry S. Truman
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Fred M. Vinson
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8.6 / 10 | 7 votes