Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of education and history at New York University, recently published a column in the Christian Science Monitor that reflected on the image of 1950s fatherhood that TV shows like “Mad Men” foster: that of the emotionally distant father.
After reading a trove of love letters written to his mother by various suitors in the 1950s, Zimmerman saw that not all men of the period conformed to the stereotype of the aloof, distant middle-class family man. From the letters emerged tender snapshots of men struggling to express their most passionate feelings.
Zimmerman discussed the letters –-and the stereotype of the “1950s dad”–on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. To listen to the segment in its entirety, click on the link below.