HIS 135 Week 2 DQ 1 & 2 - spend that money on many...

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Week 2 DQ 1 The United States economy during the war was mostly providing weapons, equipment and material to the military. Which means that nothing else was getting made like washing machines or even automobiles while the war was on going. Because of all the military equipment needed for the war it had provided great jobs in factories making these items. Also the government put limits on what people could buy with their money. For example tires, gas, food, and even clothing was rationed out. Because of all of this when the war ended there was a great deal of money in war bonds, their bank accounts, and so on. Also towards the end of the war to the end there was a fast change in the economy. It went from manufacturing war materiel back to consumer goods. Plus as the soldiers returned home from the war many of them wanted to start their family. Because of this the housing market really took off with everyone buying new homes for their family. Plus with all their extra money in people’s hands, everyone began to
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Unformatted text preview: spend that money on many different things causing the economy to explode. And because of all the new families getting started this time because known as the " Baby Boom ". Over all after the war the economy really took off in a great way. Davidson, J. (Ed.). (2006). Nation of nations: A concise narrative of the American republic (4th ed., Vol. 2). New York: McGraw-Hill Week 2 DQ 2 By the mid 1950s, healthy American economy, along with the fact that a lot of households consisted of two incomes, allowed people to purchase many luxuries for their homes and family. Items such as dishwashers, televisions, automobiles, etc., became easier to buy. These items, among others, became a symbol of social standing and success. While most Americans were willing to participate in achieving this "richer lifestyle, others were very critical. The critics thought the Americans were being forced into a suburban mold. Groups such as the beatniks, and rock-and-roll musicians rebelled against the mainstream culture....
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