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How Teenagers Ran the Rock 'n' Roll Era

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How Teenagers Ran the Rock 'n' Roll Era

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Dancing - and dancing shows - became a teenage craze in the 1950s, spurred by figures like Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed. His hit dance show featured R&B and African American music - which he later dubbed "Rock and Roll."


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It's a decade many consider to be America's glory years, despite fearful conflicts at home and abroad. Join us as we revisit the 1950s, when families reaped unprecedented riches, teens discovered rock 'n' roll, and a nation found itself in the throes of civil unrest and on the losing end of the Space Race. Through digital colorization, we present the most significant moments of this incredible decade like they've never been shown before, including the Korean War, the Little Rock Nine, Elvis Presley, and more.

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