The New Conservatism and a New World Ord17

The New - others became unfortunate statistics Population patterns shifted as well After the end of the postwar"baby boom"(1946 to 1964

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The New Conservatism and a New World Order The Reagan Years Meanwhile, America's "smokestack industries" were in decline. The  U.S.  automobile industry reeled under competition from highly efficient Japanese  carmakers.  By 1980 Japanese companies already manufactured a fifth of the vehicles  sold in the United States.  American manufacturers struggled with some success to  match the cost efficiencies and engineering standards of their Japanese rivals, but their  former dominance of the domestic car market was gone forever.  The giant old-line steel  companies shrank to relative insignificance as foreign steel makers adopted new  technologies more readily. Consumers were the beneficiaries of this ferocious competition in the manufacturing  industries, but the painful struggle to cut costs meant the permanent loss of hundreds of  thousands of blue-collar jobs.  Those who could made the switch to the service sector; 
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Unformatted text preview: others became unfortunate statistics. Population patterns shifted as well. After the end of the postwar "baby boom" (1946 to 1964), the overall rate of population growth declined and the population grew older. Household composition also changed. In 1980 the percentage of family households dropped; a quarter of all groups were now classified as "nonfamily households," in which two or more unrelated persons lived together New immigrants changed the character of American society in other ways. The 1965 reform in immigration policy shifted the focus away from Western Europe, facilitating a dramatic increase in new arrivals from Asia and Latin America. In 1980, 808,000 immigrants arrived, the highest number in 60 years, as the country once more became a haven for people from around the world....
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