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Primary Sources Anonymous. California Youthful Delinquents. 19 Dec 1944. Domestic News. Digital file.

The teenagers working in a lumber yard depicted in this photo, are not, in fact, doing it by choice. They are delinquents between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one given a second chance with an opportunity to help the American Army. Anonymous. WWII U.S. Youth Farming. 13 May 1942. Domestic News. Digital file. In this photo, high school boys are walking out to the fields. During the war, these lads took the jobs of the men who currently served to make up for the labor shortage left behind. This era started the turning point as teenagers earned as much money as adults. Freed, Alan. Alan Freed. Photoplay, December 1956. Available online at Alan Freed was a disc jockey during the 1950s, posthumously recognized for his significant contributions to the recording industry as well as his promotion of rock n roll music. The article he wrote about himself provided insight to the fact that teenagers were the reason he chose to continue to play the controversial genre. Freed, Alan. What Alan Freed Really Thinks About RocknRoll. Interview by Anita Behrman. People Weekly, October 1958, 20-26. Freed was a man who not only understood the youth, but he supported them through the music he played on the radio. In the interview, Freed offered answers to direct questions that showed how adults in the fifties were in disagreement over how to proceed with the delicate situation of possible juvenile delinquency. Lindsay, John. Elvis Presley Fans. 28 Oct 1956. Domestic News. Digital file. This photo shows over one thousand teens gathered to see the unveiling of a forty-foot cardboard likeness of Elvis in New York City. It displays the magnitude of teen idols and the power their fans gave them. Although Elvis did not appear that day, he had high school students standing in the street just to get a glimpse of him. Remmers, H.H., and D.H. Radler. The American Teenager. New York: Charter Books, 1957, 16-17,40-41, 44-46, 66-67.

Remmers was a doctor of psychology who taught at Purdue, and Radler was an experienced journalist and author. Whereas Freed was in favor of the evolving teenage culture, this book showed the opinion of impartial adults. Secondary Sources Alan Freed Popularizes Rock n Roll. American Decades Primary Sources 1950-1959. 2004. Print. This was the introduction to the primary documents regarding Alan Freed. It gave a brief enough history of who he was to understand the context of how his story relates to the topic of influence in pop culture. Alves, Teresa. Some Enchanted Evening Tuning in The Amazing Fifties, Switching Off The Elusive Decade. American Studies International 39.3 (2001):25. MAS Ultra School Edition. Web. 6 Dec 2012. In this article about economic changes post WWII, Alves hinted at a turning point that caused the social surprises and struggles that developed during the fifties. Bailey, Beth. Rebels Without a Cause?. History Today 40.2 (1990);25. MAS Ultra School Edition. Web. 5 December 2012. After a certain point in history, the values in pop culture began to change. Bailey focuses on the slow evolution of this effect in the dating world. Bryfonski, Dedria, ed. Contemporarty Literary Criticisms. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1980. Print. The essays and criticisms included in these volumes, gave me a better understanding of reactions during the time period, but also why those reactions occurred. Powers, Richard. The Life of a 1950s Teenager. Web. 30 Nov 2012 A dance history instructor at Stanford wrote this article which detailed a few of the society rules both spoken and unspoken that parents and other adults expected youth to follow. It helped to understand the contradicting viewpoints.

Taylor, Andrew. Books That Changed the World: The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History. London: Quercus Publishing Plc, 2008. Print. This book was my first reference, and it helped me to choose my topic and decide how to go about introducing my paper. The American Teenager. American Decades Primary Resources. 1950-1959. 2004. Print. This article provided me with background information about the primary resource of the same title and added some insight to the lasting effect.

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