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We need to take an in-depth look at our past. It never was the “good old days,” we just want to have that freedom and joy that we encountered when we were younger, and life seemed more manageable.

The 1950s has been recast in the popular imagination as a bland, balmy era of simplicity and innocence—of sock hops and going steady and after-school milkshakes at Pop’s Sweet Shoppe. Like all nostalgic myths about the long-vanished “good old days,” this one is a heavily photoshopped picture of reality, omitting the fears and anxieties that kept Americans awake at night.
Harold Schecter
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