OSHR 1164 - The U.S. in the 1950s

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This course will examine the decade of the 1950s in the U.S. and will suggest answers to some of the key questions about that period.

Since Dwight Eisenhower was one of the most popular presidents in U.S. history, why didn’t Eisenhower Republicanism survive beyond that decade? Why was the U.S.unable to win the Korean War? What led to the emergence of McCarthyism and what effect did it have on American society? Why did the civil rights movement erupt in the 1950s? Why is the decade that gave us rock and roll music remembered for its cultural conservatism?

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Hal Smith

Hal Smith taught history for forty years at the University of Houston-Victoria, the University of Montana, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City and was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain for his historical research. A social historian with a special interest in women's history, he is the author or co-author of six books, and has been teaching courses on Nazi Germany since 1976.