The United States of the 1950s is remembered as a relatively calm period domestically, following the economic hardships of the 1930s and war in the 1940s but preceding the turbulent 1960s. The president who occupied the White House for much of this decade was, however, faced with tense international relations, particularly Cold War threats and the Korean War.

The Era of "Ike"

Dwight David Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, holding the office from January 1953 to January 1961. In both the 1952 and 1956 elections, he garnered more votes than the Democratic candidate, Adlai E. Stevenson. Harry Truman was the president before Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy followed Eisenhower. Before becoming president, Eisenhower was well-known for his career in the military.