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Post WWII and The Postmodern Era By Summer Abbott
Politics: The Presidents At the approximated start of the Postmodern era Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) was still in office FDR died in office and left Harry S. Truman, the Vice President, to take his place in office in 1945 Harry S. Truman took office at the tail end of WWII and lead us in to the Cold War Dwight D. Eisenhower was the final president in the approximated Postmodern era, in office from 1953-1961
Politics: Economics Post WWII America saw a significant growth in the economy in stark contrast to the great depression With the end of the war we saw the rise of the American middle class There was a belief that hard work could solve all socioeconomic issues During this time we saw the introduction and boom of the suburbs and the suburban lifestyle There was a continued struggle of women's and minorities' rights
Politics: The Rise of the Cold War Diplomat George Kennan suggested a new strategy towards the Soviet threat called “Containment” The Containment strategy was the idea that we must keep the Soviet Union and in turn communism from spreading across the globe The 1950 National Security Council Report, NSC-68, said we must use any force necessary to stop the spread of communism The 1949 Soviet test of their own atom bomb was met with President Truman declaring we would build a “Super Bomb”
Culture: The 1950's Suburbs In the 1950's with the rise of the suburbs we saw the rise of the house wife Everyone, young and old, started to follow the new social 'norms' in which everyone started following certain ideas that were now considered normalized The sociologist David Riesman influenced these ideas with his book The Lonely Crowd, solidifying the beliefs that following the norms in a conformed way would lead to stability Television and advertisements also pushed the idea of the 'Nuclear Family', meaning a Husband, Wife, and their 2.5 children
Culture: The Beat Generation Although the Beatniks were a literary movement they were

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