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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 1950s-A Social History
  • The Economy and Mass Consumerism
  • Demographics
  • Movin’ On
  • The ‘Burbs
  • Consensus and Conformity
  • Women and the Family
the economy
The Economy
  • U.S. Gross National Product

1945- $200 billion

1950- $300 billion

1960- $500 billion

1970- $970 billion

the economy3
The Economy
  • Per Capita Income

1945- $1223

1966- $3000

1970- $4000

  • Adjusted for inflation, real wage for avg. American doubled from 1940-1970
interstate highway act 1956
Interstate Highway Act-1956
  • Original Purpose- military transport and means to evacuate cities in case of nuclear attack!
interstate highway act 19566
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.
consensus and conformity15
Consensus and Conformity
  • No immigration since 1924
consensus and conformity16
Consensus and Conformity
  • No immigration since 1924
  • Influence of television images
consensus and conformity17
Consensus and Conformity
  • No immigration since 1924
  • Influence of television images
  • Willingness to Conform across class and age lines
consensus and conformity18
Consensus and Conformity
  • No immigration since 1924
  • Influence of television images
  • Willingness to Conform across class and age lines
  • Organized Religion
sexual behavior in the human male21
Sexual Behavior in the Human Male
  • Among college-educated men, 70% had engaged in premarital intercourse!
sexual behavior in the human male22
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 male23
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!
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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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