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Period 8 SAQs – Choose two (2). 1. “Postwar America appears in stereotype as the age of conformity—smug, materialistic, complacent, a soulless era peopled by organization men and their (house)wives. But this portrait of conformity exists only because Americans created it. . . . Throughout the postwar era Americans indulged in feverish self-examination. Experts proclaimed crises, limned the American character, poked and prodded into the recesses of the American psyche. Writing in scholarly journals and for an attentive general public, theorists and social critics suggested that America’s very success was destroying the values that had made success possible. . . . The new- style postwar American dream seemed to look to the private as the sphere of fulfillment, of self- definition and self-realization. Struggle was not desired, but stasis. The dream was of a private life--a family, secure, stable, and comfortable--that compensated for one’s public (work) life.” -Beth Bailey, “Rebels Without a Cause: Teenagers in the 1950s,” History Today, February 1990 “Spending was good, not because Americans deserved a part after the long ordeal [of World War II], but because new products promised to restore the family. . . .The domesticity of the 1950s was not a return to the past. The suburb meant the breakup of community and kin networks, usually left behind in the city. The family and home had become a center of shared consumer goods--cars, furnishings, and TVs--a dream from the 1930s and 1940s fulfilled. . . . The joy of

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