Social Trends of 1950s

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Social Trends of 1950s 1. Automation and Consolidation a. Ike’s supported government spending o Defensive spending (half of federal budget) spurred industrial growth and funded scientific and tech advances b. Low gas prices automobile industry upped production c. Advances in science and technology decreased amount of labor necessary for industry and agriculture to be financially successful and led to consolidation of industry and agriculture into large corporations o Moved to cities o 1955-AFL-CIO: loss of blue-collar workers stripped the labor movement of its core influence and contributed to the sharp decline in union membership during the 50s 2. Results of Prosperity: Suburbanization, Baby Boom, Religion, Conservatism a. Spending spree o Automobiles industry benefited o Increased mobility rise of motels, fast food restaurants, gas stations, suburbs Everything was now considered accessible and desirable Suburbs-clean, child-friendly, safe environment o
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