Becky (tinsolitus) wrote in little_details,

American Culture and Slang in 1950

I'm writing a story that takes place in Binghamton, New York in 1950.  I really want to make my story as historically accurate as possible, so I've been trying to research American culture during that year.  The problem I'm running into, however, is that most of my google searches are just finding sites about the 1950s in general.  I'm afraid to use a lot of that information because I know most of it took place later in the decade.  I tried to google 1940s, but I'm only getting stuff about America during WWII. 

The main thing I'm interested in is the slang of the time period.  Would general slang from the 1950s work or would it be too "modern."  And, would 1940s slang be too old-fashioned?

Also, how would American culture have changed three years after the war?  I know that the Red Scare is going on, but that's about it.  (I also learned in my limited research that Binghamton was the 7th most likely target of a nuclear attack, so I will factor that in.)  How similiar is the culture of 1950 to the culture of the 1950s in general?

My main google searches have been "1950s culture" "1940s culture" "1950 america" "'post WWII' culture" "1950s slang" "1940s slang."

Thank you!
Tags: 1950-1959, usa: new york (misc)

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