6 - The 1950s affluence and anxiety - November 1

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The 1950s Affluence and Anxiety
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Popular images of the 1950s- truth or fiction?
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Economic prosperity Expanding (white) middle class Economic growth, high employment Home building GNP nearly doubled U.S. producing and consuming 2/3 of world’s goods (at 6% of world population)
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Sources of economic prosperity Government spending Military budget Lack of international competition Technological innovations Pent up consumer demand Increase in college education Educated work force GI Bill of Rights (Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944) Unionized workforce
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Persistent problems and nagging anxiety Urban and rural poverty Racism African American unrest Widespread anxiety—were (white) Americans becoming “soft”? How would comfortable, prosperous Americans rise to meet future challenges?
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Two versions of the American Dream Individual drive and competition leading to reward—the self-made man, entrepreneurial struggle leading to recognition, social status, financial success Vs. Stability, security, fulfillment in the family and consumption—a nice home, 2 cars, etc.
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Other worries The impact of mass culture, and especially TELEVISION 50 million televisions in American homes by 1960 TV guide the fastest- growing periodical What would this mean for America?
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U.S. News and World Report “What TV is Doing to America” 1955 The biggest of the new forces in American
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2012 for the course HIST 2112 taught by Professor Sutter during the Fall '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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