Objectives: Identify economic and social problems Americans faced after World War II

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American Cultures

Ms. Wilus

Chapter 19 – The Postwar Boom
19-1 Postwar America (Pages 634-640)

  • Identify economic and social problems Americans faced after World War II.

  • Explain how the desire for stability led to political conservatism.

  • Describe causes and effects of social unrest in the postwar period.

  • Contrast domestic policy under President Truman and Eisenhower.

Readjustment and Recovery

1) How did the GI Bill help returning veterans?

2) What economic challenges did American face after the war?

3) What caused the economy to recover so rapidly?

Meeting Economic Challenges

4) How did Truman handle strikes by miners and railroad workers?

5) What caused voters to elect a conservative Republican Congress in 1946?
Social Unrest Persists

6) How did Truman deal with civil rights?

7) How did the civil rights issue affect the Democratic Party election of 1948?

8) What as Truman’s Fair Deal and how was it received in Congress?

Republicans Take the Middle Road

9) Why did Truman not run for reelection in 1952?

10) What kind of leadership style did Eisenhower bring to the presidency?

11) What did Eisenhower’s reelection in 1956 signify?

19-2 The American Dream in the Fifties (Pages 641-649)

  • Explain how changes in business affected workers.

  • Describe the suburban lifestyle of the 1950s.

  • Identify causes and effects of the boom in the automobile industry.

  • Explain the increase in consumerism in the 1950s.

The Organization and the Organization Man

12) What happen to blue-collar jobs in the 1950s?

13) How did American business expand in the 1950s?

14) How did expectations change from one generation to another?

The Suburban Lifestyle

15) What were some aspects of the suburban lifestyle?

16) How did the postwar baby boom affect social and economic forces?

17) What did many American women think of their role as homemakers?

The Automobile Culture

18) What happened to car sales in the 1950s?

19) How did the interstate highway system change the way Americans traveled?

20) What opportunities and problems were created by the successes of the automobile industry in the 1950s?

Consumerism Unbound

21) What were American buying patterns for consumer goods in the 1950s?

22) How did manufacturers encourage people to buy more consumer goods?

23) How did advertisers seek to increase sales?

19-3 Popular Culture (pages 652-657)

  • Explain how television programs in the 1950’s reflected middle class values.

  • Explain how the beat movement and rock ‘n’ roll music clashed with middle class values.

  • Describe ways that African-American entertainers integrated the media in the 1950’s.

New Era of the Mass Media

24) What does television provide for the American people?

25) What do Americans object to on TV?

26) What happened to radio and movies in the 1950s?

A Subculture Emerges

27) How did the beat movement challenge conformity?

28) How did the attitude of beat writers toward subculture reflect their views about society?
19-4 The Other America (Pages 660-663)

  • Explain how the white migration to the suburbs created an urban crisis.

  • Describe the efforts of minorities to gain equal rights and fight poverty.

The Urban Poor

29) Why did whites leave the cities?

30) What was the result of white flight?

31) How did urban renewal affect cities?

Poverty Leads to Activism

32) What role did Mexican Americans play in the development of the Southwest?

33) What was the Longoria incident?

34) What civil rights efforts were undertaken by Native Americans?

35) What was the termination policy?

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