The Question: Why does Altschuler describe the 1950s as an age of anxiety? What aspects of American life were felt to be under threat, and by whom? How do the roots of rock and roll in African-American rhythm and blues traditions tie into this anxiety? Why was this music unsettling to the majority white culture? How did the impact of Elvis in musical and cultural terms further increase this anxiety? What elements made him so attractive to teenagers during the 1950s?