FC.142A The Beatniks and Elvis

FC.142A The Beatniks and Elvis
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This lesson takes a more detailed look at the beginnings of the counter-culture briefly discussed in lesson 142 on the 1950s. Following the format of David Halberstam's excellent TV series on the 1950s, it looks at the parallel development of the urban Beat culture on the one hand, which drew its inspiration from African American Bebop, and the evolution of Elvis Presley and Rock and Roll which drew much of its inspiration from rural African American Blues in Mississippi. It then traces the cycle of stagnation and renewal that has been at the core of pop music ever since. At the end, there is a picture essay on ways the mass media sanitized and marketed the emerging youth culture of the 1950s and 1960s.

This is a self-contained PowerPoint that develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a copy of the flowchart. The reading is in development. When ready it will be posted for free on my website www.flowofhistory.com

For more information on my flowcharts and approach to teaching history, please view my profile or visit my website at www.flowofhistory.com


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