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The 1950s-A Social History. The Economy and Mass Consumerism Demographics Movin’ On The ‘Burbs Consensus and Conformity Women and the Family. The Economy. U.S. Gross National Product 1945- $200 billion 1950- $300 billion 1960- $500 billion 1970- $970 billion.

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The 1950s-A Social History

  • The Economy and Mass Consumerism

  • Demographics

  • Movin’ On

  • The ‘Burbs

  • Consensus and Conformity

  • Women and the Family


The Economy

  • U.S. Gross National Product

    1945- $200 billion

    1950- $300 billion

    1960- $500 billion

    1970- $970 billion


The Economy

  • Per Capita Income

    1945- $1223

    1966- $3000

    1970- $4000

  • Adjusted for inflation, real wage for avg. American doubled from 1940-1970


1950s Automobile Industry


Interstate Highway Act-1956

  • Original Purpose- military transport and means to evacuate cities in case of nuclear attack!


Interstate Highway Act-1956

  • Original Purpose- military transport and means to evacuate cities in case of nuclear attack!

  • Results-

  • 1. increased dependence on the automobile, to the detriment of the RR’s.

  • 2. Made Americans more mobile.


The Baby Boom


The Move to the Sun Belt


Levittown


The Ozzie and Harriet Show


The Donna Reed Show


Father Knows Best


Leave it to Beaver


Consensus and Conformity


Consensus and Conformity

  • No immigration since 1924


Consensus and Conformity

  • No immigration since 1924

  • Influence of television images


Consensus and Conformity

  • No immigration since 1924

  • Influence of television images

  • Willingness to Conform across class and age lines


Consensus and Conformity

  • No immigration since 1924

  • Influence of television images

  • Willingness to Conform across class and age lines

  • Organized Religion


Alfred Kinsey


Sexual Behavior in the Human Male


Sexual Behavior in the Human Male

  • Among college-educated men, 70% had engaged in premarital intercourse!


Sexual Behavior in the Human Male

  • Among college-educated men, 70% had engaged in premarital intercourse!

  • 84% of high school grads had sex before marriage!


Sexual Behavior in the Human Male

  • Among college-educated men, 70% had engaged in premarital intercourse!

  • 84% of high school grads had sex before marriage!

  • 1/3 of all American males had at least one homosexual experience!


Sexual Behavior in the Human Male

  • Among college-educated men, 70% had engaged in premarital intercourse!

  • 84% of high school grads had sex before marriage!

  • 1/3 of all American males had at least one homosexual experience!

  • 1 out of 6 men raised on a farm reported having a sexual experience with a farm animal!


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