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    In the past, a very clear dichotomy has existed in the historical-political argument over the significance of the Eisenhower administration during the 1950s. On one hand is the notion that Eisenhower had been propelled into the White House on a highly exaggerated war record, and the decade itself was a failure. On the other hand is the more recent notion that, under his watch, the 1950s was quite possibly the best decade of the 20th century, thus giving it the sobriquet of the Fabulous 50s.

    Which of these arguments would you agree with based on your research of the 1950s? Please supply resources.

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    Eisenhower and the 1950's
    In the past, a very clear dichotomy has existed in the historical-political argument over the significance of the Eisenhower administration during the 1950s. On one hand is the notion that Eisenhower had been propelled into the White House on a highly exaggerated war record, and the decade itself was a failure. On the other hand is the more recent notion that, under his watch, the 1950s was quite possibly the best decade of the 20th century, thus giving it the sobriquet of the Fabulous 50s.

    Which of these arguments would you agree with based on your research of the 1950s? Please supply resources.
    I think both arguments go overboard, but if I had to choose between them - I would go with Eisenhower being a successful president and the 1950s being a fairly good decade (I'm not sure it qualifies at the "best decade" in the 20th century though).
    I think there are two ways to answer this. We can focus on Eisenhower himself and focus a bit on the 1950s compared to other decades.

    Eisenhower
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisenhower%27s_Presidency
    http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/
    First off, Eisenhower's reputation has been resuscitated over the last several years and the former casual dismissal of his presidency has come in for serious reconsideration.
    It's highly unfair to dismiss his magnificent military career. The man was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and oversaw the greatest amphibian operation in the history of the world (invasion of Normandy) and subsequently led allied ...

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