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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

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

Tom Eamon

University of North Carolina Press

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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