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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


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The Economy

  • U.S. Gross National Product

    1945- $200 billion

    1950- $300 billion

    1960- $500 billion

    1970- $970 billion


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The Economy

  • Per Capita Income

    1945- $1223

    1966- $3000

    1970- $4000

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



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Interstate Highway Act-1956

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


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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.










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Consensus and Conformity

  • No immigration since 1924


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Consensus and Conformity

  • No immigration since 1924

  • Influence of television images


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Consensus and Conformity

  • No immigration since 1924

  • Influence of television images

  • Willingness to Conform across class and age lines


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Consensus and Conformity

  • No immigration since 1924

  • Influence of television images

  • Willingness to Conform across class and age lines

  • Organized Religion




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Sexual Behavior in the Human Male

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


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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!


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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!


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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!