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Postwar America. 1946-1960. GI BILL HELPS RETURNING VETS. To help returning servicemen ease back into civilian life, Congress passed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (GI Bill of Rights) The act provided tuition as well home & business loans . Economic Reconversion.

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gi bill helps returning vets
GI BILL HELPS RETURNING VETS
  • To help returning servicemen ease back into civilian life, Congress passed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (GI Bill of Rights)
  • The act provided tuition as well home & business loans
economic reconversion
Economic Reconversion
  • When wartime controls were removed, inflation soared, wages dropped, and strikes were frequent
  • In 1947, Congress passed the Taft Hartley Act which limited unions rights
the civil rights movement begins
The Civil Rights Movement Begins
  • Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball
  • Truman desegregated the military
truman s fair deal
Truman’s Fair Deal
  • Won a close re-election in 1948
  • Truman raised the minimum wage and S.S. benefits & proposed federal health insurance
dwight d eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • WWII hero
  • Elected in 1952
  • Conservative Republican
interstate highway act 1956
Interstate Highway Act 1956
  • 41,000 miles of highway built
  • Encouraged the growth of suburbs and businesses away from city centers
1950s affluent society
1950s Affluent Society
  • 60% of Americans were middle class
  • Higher standard of living led to a consumer culture
popular culture of the 50s
Popular Culture of the 50s
  • Television reached 90% of homes
  • Programs and ads created conservative stereotypes

Father Knows Best

subculture of the 50s
Subculture of the 50s
  • The beat movement poets challenged conformity
  • Rock n’ roll combined R&B with pop—appealed to teens

Elvis Presley

medical breakthroughs
Medical Breakthroughs
  • Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine for polio
50s consumerism
50s Consumerism
  • Buying material goods was equated with success
  • Advertising on television, radio, and magazines
the creation of suburbia
The Creation of Suburbia
  • 10 million homes built in the 50s
  • Emphasis on family life
  • The baby boom!
  • Epitomized the American Dream