Prior to the mid-'60's when this country, the US, suffered a complete nervous breakdown and cellular collapse of our cultural along with much of our moral fibre,
true, there was still plenty of repression to go around, in school, at work, and of course, at home as well.
On the other hand, mass shootings, spontaneous hot-headed rants and violent acting out on a dime back in the '50's, at the height of the New Deal, didn't exist, NOT because it wasn't reported (my own dad being a reliable eye-wtiness), as some clever leftists these days would have us believe, but BECAUE IT SIMPLY DIDN'T HAPPEN!!
Yes, I'll take a little bit more repression. In fact, it was probably just another way of saying some needed restraint in our lives, not giving vent to every emotion every second of the day.
Trump has unleashed this lack of self control, hence we're all suffering.