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Tom Eamon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606972

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469606989_eamon

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The 1950s

The 1950s

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(p.32) Chapter Two The 1950s
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The Making of a Southern Democracy
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Tom Eamon

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9781469606989_eamon.7

This chapter describes how the automobile provided the chief means of daily transportation by 1950. North Carolina, though far removed from the leading centers of economic gravity, boasted a direct air service to New York, Washington, Boston, and Atlanta, even if North Carolina's airports resembled converted army barracks with porches. Freeways were a California miracle, but North Carolinians took for granted two-lane asphalt and concrete roads connecting major cities and towns. In the preceding year, television sets had moved from a store window curiosity to a common feature of piedmont living rooms, with TV stations in Charlotte and Greensboro beaming in national network variety shows and fifteen-minute newscasts featuring announcers who read from prepared scripts. Dial telephones were ubiquitous. Medical advances, including the use of penicillin, reduced the toll of infections. Stupor-inducing ringworms, hookworms, and mosquitoes were less of a scourge than in the past.

Keywords:   automobile, transportation, North Carolina, television, airlines, army barracks

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