Primary Anaylsis #2 - Genifer Sibbald Professor Kim Hist...

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Genifer SibbaldProfessor KimHist 271Mon. 7-10 p.m.March 26, 2015Primary Source Analysis #2From 1939 to 1945 America was experiencing a time of turmoil. The Great Depression had occurred which was a period of economic downfall that sent America into a frenzy. Following the Great Depression, the United States got involved in WWII which caused the everyday lives of Americans to be dramatically altered. After this time of upheaval in the United States, American’s were hopeful of a return to normalcy and better life and that came true in the 1950’s. The 1950’s were a time of growth and change all across America. Through historical documents we are able to see a new society emerge in the United States and its impact on society. This postwar boom was a pleasant surprise to many after a time of disorder and the pinnacle of the American dream. However, as the 1950’s were bringing prosperity some had a pessimistic view of this time. There were many problems that arose during the 1950’s that were overshadowed by all the prosperity. The 1950’s were commonly referred to as the happy days. Many remember this era as “the happiest, most stable, most rational period the western world has ever known since 1914” (Hoffman pg.345). This was a time where everyone could put politics behind now and began to focus on a brighter future. The economy was booming due to the entertainment industry, automobile industry, the baby boom, and people willing to spend more money. All across America everyone could see this happy period being advertised on television and magazines. What many Americans failed to realize was that there was a part of America that was not
experiencing these happy times and economic growth. Outside Suburbia there were many poor

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