Unformatted text preview: Alan Brinkley, The Unfinished Nation : Study Guide Chapter 30: The Affluent Society 1. The “two developments” that convinced many Americans that the 1950’s and 1960’s were a golden age were a booming national prosperity (which profoundly altered the social, economic, and even physical landscape of the United States) and the continuing struggle against communism, a struggle that created considerable anxiety but that also encouraged Americans to look even more approvingly at their own society. 2. Three forces promoting economic growth in the 1950’s were government spending, the reverse of the national birth rate with the so-called baby boom, and rapid suburban expansion. 3. An ICBM is an intercontinental ballistic missile, which is capable of traveling through space to distant targets. The first earth-orbiting satellite was Sputnik . 4. So many Americans wanted to live in the suburbs in the 1950’s because of the enormous importance of postwar Americans placed on family life after five years of war (suburbs provided families with...
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course HIST 100C taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Saginaw Valley.
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