Social Trends of the s The decade following World War II was characterized by affluence in much of American society, giving rise to high levels of consumption and a boom in population. Beneath this widespread prosperity, however, lay deepening poverty for some Americans, and the gap between the rich and poor widened.
Meier ; Updated July 27, The Barbie doll and hula-hoop are iconic symbols of the s. Life in the s was a time of prosperity, hope and fear of nuclear attack. An investment in infrastructure such as new roads, computer technology and military advancements resulted in a burgeoning economy.
New items were on the market and Americans were excited and ready to go shopping. The s culture created a solid foundation for the country and a readiness for the social conditions and change of the s. Mass availability of affordable homes and government assistance for returning soldiers in need of a mortgage made home ownership accessible for young families.
Women interested in veering away from the housewife role began exploring options outside of the home. This set the stage for the s feminist movement.
A slight recession inhigh inflation and unemployment rates as much as 6 percent represented difficult times and impacted social conditions.
Steady growth in the second half of the century yielded a budget surplus ina drop in unemployment and a boom in consumer spending. Overseas demand for American goods offered an additional boost to the American economy. Middle-class Americans were able to buy appliances, cars and TVs, once reserved for the upper class.
A drop in the cost of single-family homes meant a rise in home ownership. Inthe Supreme Court found school segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. InAfrican-Americans in Montgomery, Alabama staged a month bus boycott to demonstrate the need for desegregation in public transportation.
The Civil Rights Act of resulted in the creation of a civil rights division at the federal level and further protection of voting rights for all citizens. Panic about the spread of communism was deepened with the beginning of the Korean War in Many middle class families built fallout shelters in hopes of surviving an atomic bomb.
Schools taught children what to do in the event of an attack and literature about survival tactics was widely distributed.
The government hoped that encouraging people to prepare would increase public support for investment in additional U.
References Family Life in the s: She is the author and co-author of 12 books and serves as a consultant in K and higher education. She has worked in education for more than 30 years and serves as a faculty member and college administrator in Minnesota.Social Trends of the s The decade following World War II was characterized by affluence in much of American society, giving rise to high levels of consumption and a boom in population.
Beneath this widespread prosperity, however, lay deepening poverty for some Americans, and the gap between the rich and poor widened. The s were a time of prosperity and peace after decades of economic depression and war. The country breathed a sigh of relief.
Latin America since the midth century The postwar world, –80 This combined political and economic challenge caused the United States to assist Guatemalan counterrevolutionaries and neighbouring Central American rulers in overthrowing Arbenz.
By most social and economic indicators. The political events of the s were either in response to the post World War II economic upheaval the world over, the exodus of refugees or the implications of the Cold War. Some of the political events of the s were as follows: President Truman advised the Atomic Energy Commission to go ahead with the development of the hydrogen bomb.
The s saw the rise of global tensions due to cold war, and the world was cleft into two political, administrative and ideological halves -- capitalism, espoused by the US, and communism, adopted by the Soviet Union, or USSR.
This also gave rise to a third group of non-aligned countries. Challenging racial prejudice in the United States in the s was a daunting undertaking.
While African-Americans, in the main, again bore the brunt of the backlash, no single person, group, or institution put civil rights on the national agenda, and no one person, group, or institution saw to it that it stayed on the national agenda.
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