The Postwar Years at Home (1945-1960). Section 1 The Postwar Economy PW years, US embarks on period of economic expansion. Per Capita income increase $1,223 per year to $2,219. c. Corp exp accompanied economic growth. Conglomerates develop to protect from downturns.
The Postwar Years at Home
Section 1 The Postwar Economy
$1,223 per year to $2,219.
c. Corp exp accompanied economic growth.
Technology Transforms Life
Ex. Dishwashers, vacuums, lawnmowers, etc.
B. TV popularity grows.
Advances in Medicine
Change in the Workforce
Suburbs and Highways
Ex. Long Island 17,000 homes
Bucks County PA-16,000
Cars and Highways
Growth of Consumer Credit
A. Lending agencies pick up on the credit card idea.
B. American’s use credit cards to purchase items considered “needs”
Ex. Washing machines, TV, vacuums.
Section 2 Mood of the 1950’s
Comfort and Security
Men’s and Women’s Roles
Resurgence in Religion
Challenges to Conformity
Women At Work
Ex. Rebel Without A Cause
Catcher in the Rye
Black artists—Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Domino Fats
White artists—Jerry Lewis and Buddy Holly.
Beat Generation (Beatniks)
Ex. “On The Road”
Domestic Politics and Policy
Truman’s Domestic Policies
Truman’s Fair Deal
Ex. Support polls fell from 87% to 32%.
E. Republican Party worked hard to block Truman’s liberal goals.
Truman on Civil Rights
The Election of 1948
Eisenhower and the Republican Approach
B. Eisenhower promised to end Korean War, and strong approach to Communism.
K1 C2- Korea, Communism, Corruption.
c. His VP mate hammered on corruption in government, CA senator Richard Nixon.
Nixon’s Checkers Speech
C. Eisenhower maintained a mood of stability.
Meeting the Technology Challenge
C. The same year Congress also passed the National Defense Education Act.