Date of Award

Spring 1992

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Lorraine M. Lees

Committee Member

Alfred Rollins

Committee Member

James R. Sweeney

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47M4


The 1950s witnessed the development of an important cultural phenomenon in the United States, the result of the demographic increase known as the baby boom. To an unprecedented degree in American history, various facets of the American economy focused towards infants and adolescents due to their swelling numbers and subsequent economic influence. Youths themselves sought to exert their economic power resulting in the formation of a dynamic youth culture manifesting itself most prominently in the entertainment media.

This study examines the origins and scope of the American baby boom. Cultural trends directly related to the baby boom are also analyzed. This study relies primarily on contemporary sources such as magazines, newspapers, musical recordings, and interviews.


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