Sarah TadrosHistory 2057Professor ShindoPaper 45/2/2017Post World War II Era: Redefining America for the BetterThe post World War II era brought an economic boom in America that could not be matched before. Through the economic growth during the Cold War period, the spirits of Ameri-cans were raised, fostering the belief that economic and social problems could be resolved. First, this affluent society used its resources to improve technology and increase the standard of living and consumption dramatically. Second, Civil Rights activism led to increased rights for African Americans, including the right to vote. Third, another wave of feminism created equal gender employment opportunity and the support of government on women’s healthcare issues. For manyAmericans, the changes in standards of living and increased equality of African American and women made this era the best one yet. While many countries had to completely repair their economy after World War II, Amer-ica’s economy was one that did not have to be re-built. This gave the United States a great advan-tage as the Cold War unfolded, for it brought a progression of prosperity. America needed to ban-ish communism, and with a rise in defense spending, the economy continued to grow. Through the Truman Doctrine, President Truman believed “that our help should be primarily though eco-nomic and financial aid which is essential to economic stability”(293). Furthermore, the Mar-shall Plan, that channeled over $13 billion to Europe from 1948-1951, generated growth in the American economy by encouraging foreign demands for American goods. As a result, world trade was at an all time high, and the United States produced over 50% of the worlds goods, al-though it made up 6% of the worlds population.