In the 21st century, the ’60s have taken on an unforgettable and bombastic quality we used to reserve for the “Roaring ’20s.” After all, it began with Elvis and The Beatles, who started out looking so temporary but who left an indelible image on American music and culture, and it included the civil-rights movement, Vietnam, the arrival of Camelot in the form of John F. Kennedy, followed by his assassination, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy’s assassinations, and the end of the era was marked by the biggest political scandal of all time, Watergate.

            But before we get into the 1960s, we must look at the past decade how it led up to the new image of America. The 1950s in the developed western world during the time was generally considered socially conservative and highly materialistic in nature. The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States played out through the entire decade. The beginning of decolonization in Africa and Asia occurs in this decade and accelerates in the following decade of the 1960s. In the introduction to Bloom and Breines’ Takin’ it to the Streets gives us an image of the fifties being suburbanized and consisting of white middle-class families which is also known as a nuclear family. Then you also have a rise of different figures for civil rights like Martin Luther King Jr. and paranoid pompous senator, Joseph McCarthy, on an anti-communist crusade. Then you have rising artist in television, music, and art that influenced the youth of the nation. Elvis with his rock and roll affecting the teenager’s minds and hearts and then you have Andy Warhol showing his passions and messages through his art.

            However when new fashions and trends are on the rise there are two sides that have different views. A lot of conservative censorships was encouraged because some were afraid that some teen movies and comics promoted sex, violence, drugs, and alcohol. Fredric Wertheim, a psychologist, launched a crusade to save young American adolescents from the odious influence. What I was most intrigued that both sides of the political spectrum were encouraged to censor these books. Liberals believed comics promoted fascism, sexism, racism, and ethnocentrism. Not only that but children reading the comics up and down instead of side to side would cause some cases of linear dyslexia. Also they were afraid it would debase culture and appeal to totalitarian ideas. Most conservatives likely believed that an assault on moral values or the Communist at work.