Program 23: The Fifties/From War to Normalcy
Donald L. Miller with Douglas Brinkley and Virginia Scharff
Miller: The end of World War II. Peace and prosperity. Whoever lived
in a simpler age? Whoever thought they were living in a simpler age?
Brinkley: People that long for like the 1950s [laughter]. I mean, you
hear that all the time, the nostalgia for... That's when there was segregation
in the South, Jim Crow, African Americans with no rights...
Scharff: Terrible underwear for women! [laughter]
Miller: Being cut from a junior varsity team...
Miller: Beneath the surface, the Cold War.
Brinkley: Look at the Cold War culture, when Averell Harriman used to
say after World War II, "we want to come back to drink Coca-Cola and have
normalcy of some sort." Did we achieve that? Well, yes and no.
Miller: Today, on A Biography of America, "The Fifties."