Lecture Outline-Fighting the Cold War on the Home Front, 1945-1960

Lecture Outline-Fighting the Cold War on the Home Front, 1945-1960

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1Fighting the Cold War on the Home Front, 1945-1960 1. Introduction: A. Baby boom i. 1946-1964 ii. 76 million born (44 million born, 1929-1945) B. Family “togetherness” i. Television C. Victory culture i. Middle-class Americans felt good about themselves D. Economic Boom i. 1945-1970 E. Age of “consensus” i. Everyone agreed (but not really) F. Truman i. Met with resistance ii. Was ill-prepared for domestic matters G. Eisenhower i. Epitomized “consensus” more than Truman H. African-Americans i. Not included in this consensus ii. Their exclusion fueled civil rights movement 2. Cold War Politics: The Truman Presidency A. Postwar Job Layoffs i. Production cutbacks occurred as WW II. ended ii Layoffs resulted iii. Truman took economic action . .. 1. extended unemployment 2. increased min. wage 3. adopted farm price supports 4. sponsored new public works B. Beginnings of the Postwar Economic Boom i. US was hardly on the verge of another depression ii. Biggest problem: inflation (18% in 194) C. Consumer Discontent i. Truman lost support of consumers D. Upsurges in Labor Strikes i. Strikes broke-out because of a decrease in purchasing power ii. Unions became unpopular among most Americans iii. Truman dealt strong with unions 1. Denounced striking workers before Congress E. The Eightieth Congress i. Congress consisted of mostly conservatives ii. Congress passed Taft-Hartley 1. Prohibited the closed shop
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2. Permitted states to enact “right-to-work” laws. 3. Forbade union contributions to politicians in federal elections iii. Truman vetoed Taft-Hartley F. Truman's Upset Victory i. Truman defeats Dewey ii. Why did Truman win?
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Lecture Outline-Fighting the Cold War on the Home Front, 1945-1960

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