THE POSTWAR BOOM. THE AMERICAN DREAM IN THE 1950S. Chapter 19.1 Essential Questions. What economic and social problems faced Americans after World War II? How did the desire for stability lead to political conservatism? What were causes and effects of social unrest in the postwar period?
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THE AMERICAN DREAM IN THE 1950S
With the help of low-interest loans from the GI Bill, many veterans moved into suburbs
Truman holds a now infamous Chicago Tribune announcing (incorrectly) Dewey’s victory
To protest Truman’s emphasis on Civil Rights, Southern Democrats, or “Dixiecrats”, opted to run a third candidate, South Carolina Governor Strom Thurmond
The Republicans (right) were chomping at the bit in the ’52 election
Nixon and his dog Checkers
Ozzie and Harriet reflected the perfect American family
White Collar jobs expanded greatly in the 1950s
Despite their success, some workers questioned whether pursuing the American dream exacted too high a price, as conformity replaced individuality
McDonald’s is one of the leading franchises in the world
The American Dream complete with a white picket fence
Why did the baby boom occur when it did?
Your generation will be supporting an increasingly aging American population
Dr. Salk was instrumental in the eradication of polio
Dr. Spock’s book sold 10 million copies in the 1950s
Labor-saving devices provided more leisure time for Americans
Bowling remains one of the top leisure activities in the U.S.
The Interstate Highway system resulted in:
Trucking is the #1 means of moving cargo in the United States today
“Our new roads, with their ancillaries, the motels, filling stations, and restaurants advertising eats, have made it possible for you to drive from Brooklyn to Los Angeles without a change of diet, scenery, or culture.”
John Keats, The Insolent Chariots 1958
Advertising is everywhere today in America
rock ‘n’ roll music clash with middle-class values?
Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball starred in I Love Lucy
James Dean, a teenage idol, died at
the age of 24 in a car accident.
Beatniks often performed poetry or music in coffeehouses or bars
Dodger Stadium- An example of urban renewal