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An excerpt from In the Suburbs, a 1957 film produced by Redbook magazine, promotes the suburban lifestyle of its young adult readers. Full of stock footage of grassy front yards, shopping centers, and family life, Redbook promises to help young couples navigate parenting and shopping. "It's a happy-go-spending world!" declares the narrator, celebrating a classic 1950s vision of the American dream, courtesy of Madison Avenue. The film can be watched in its entirety at the Prelinger Archive

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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Meet the students and staff at Tuscaloosa’s all-black Central High School in a short documentary film by Maisie Crow. 


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