The 1950s heralded the beginning of a new era for Americans. Whether it's the advent of television, the widespread adoption of car ownership, the migration of families to suburbia or the familiar sounds of rock-n-roll, the 1950s represented the dawning of the America we all recognize today.
But another reason is to gain a sense of perspective. By learning about who we are as a people and how our culture and traditions developed, we gain a greater understanding of who we are today.
It's good to take a look at what life was like in a simpler, more innocent time. It can help us to slow down, calm down and appreciate the hard-earned wisdom for us to draw on now.
Most of all, it's fun! You'll laugh out loud at the humor and the changing styles and be touched by the many instances of hard-working Americans building a better new life for themselves after the tumultuous decades that preceded the 1950s.