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Historical Context for 1955
(the year in which Susannah was written)

Government and Politics

  • The Korean War had just ended.
  • The House Un-American Activities Committee was holding its hearings.
  • Albania entered the Warsaw pact.
  • Peron was ousted in Argentina by a military coup.
  • Ireland and Austria joined the United Nations
  • Ben Gurion became Prime Minister of the new nation of Israel
  • Dag Hammarskjold became Secretary General of the United Nations

Labor

  • AFL-CIO was formed by the merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

The Literature & Culture of the American 1950s


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