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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 32 Through the Picture Window: Society and Culture, 1945 – 1960 People of Plenty • Dominant Feature was remarkable prosperity • GNP nearly doubled in 15 yrs. • America produced and consumed nearly 2/3 of the worlds goods • High government spending continued to drive the country out of the depression • Many American’s halted to buy goods so after the war they went into a spending frenzy The GI Bill of Rights • Provided unemployment pay for Vets • Helped lead to a social revolution • Allowed for higher education • Helped lead to racial barriers as well • BABY BOOM • Pop grew almost 40 million (30%) An Expanding Consumer Culture • Proportion of homeowners grew by 50% b/w 1945 and 1960 • 38% of the nation had color tv’s by the 70’s • Advertising began to grow • Baby boomers helped add needs in the economy with the need for toys • Baby Boomers knew nothing of depression, grew up in abundance and carefree consumption The Suburban Frontier • The Rise of the sunbelt •...
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- Spring '08
- Cold War, High government spending, toys Baby Boomers