Us IV social & Economic History of the 1950s Questions to Consider Discretionary Income & Credit

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Social & Economic History of the 1950s

Questions to Consider

Discretionary Income & Credit

  1. How can discretionary income impact both a nation’s economy and culture?

  2. How can credit help the economy when discretionary income is low?

The G.I. Bill

  1. What does Chuck Faust’s life illustrate about American’s desires in the 1950s?

  2. How did the G.I. Bill assist returning soldiers coming home from WWII?

  3. How did the G.I. Bill impact the nation’s economy and culture?

The Baby Boom

  1. What are some possible reasons the nation’s population spiked from 1945-1960?

  2. Explain how the Baby Boom happened because of the prosperity of the 1950s and also helped to increase the prosperity of the 1950s.

The Growth of Housing

  1. What are some reasons massive amounts of Americans moved to the suburbs in the 1950s?

  2. Why would some Americans consider Levittown a good idea while others would consider it a horrible idea?

Television & Advertising

  1. What was the leading factor that led to the television becoming widely adopted by the American people?

  2. How did television influence American culture and how did it impact the American economy?

The Growth of the Automobile Industry and Highway System

  1. Explain the cultural and economic implications the automobile industry had on 1950s America.

Teenage Culture

  1. What conditions enabled the beginning of a teenage culture in 1950s America that still exists today?

  2. What was most often glamorized on film and in music in this emerging teenage culture?

1950s Illusions: Women & The Poor

  1. What was the expectation placed on women in the 1950s?

  2. How was it constantly reinforced to women what their role should be in the 1950s?

  3. What evidence was there that not all women were satisfied with the above expectation?

  4. Why do you think Americans started to believe poverty was no longer a problem in the 1950s?

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