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19.1a

  1. 1. Bell Ringer <ul><li>Write down the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the 1950s. </li></ul>
  2. 2. 1950’s America Goal: Analyze the impact of the GI Bill, Interstate Highway Act, the baby boom, and consumer culture on American Society.
  3. 3. Post War Economy <ul><li>American economy booming after WWII. </li></ul><ul><li>Big businesses expand </li></ul><ul><li>Americans begin shopping for name brands </li></ul>
  4. 4. GI Bill <ul><li>Truman passes GI Bill </li></ul><ul><li>Provides low interest housing loans </li></ul><ul><li>Provides veterans money to go back to school </li></ul>
  5. 5. Rise of Suburbs <ul><li>Housing boom increased demand for new homes </li></ul><ul><li>Homes mass produced in open areas outside of cities. </li></ul><ul><li>First housing plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Levittown, NY </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Interstate Highway Act of 1956 <ul><li>Creation of network of highways makes Americans more mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Cars take more important role in Americans lives </li></ul><ul><li>Middle class Americans begin to flee cities for the suburbs </li></ul>
  7. 7. Baby Boom <ul><li>Birth rate nearly doubles during the 1950s from pre-war years </li></ul>
  8. 8. Culture of Conformity <ul><li>Fitting in was cool </li></ul><ul><li>TV shows portrayed what was “American” </li></ul><ul><li>Most popular TV Shows </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I Love Lucy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leave it to Beaver </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How has TV changed? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Leave it to Beaver Questions <ul><li>Based on what you observed from this clip of “Leave it to Beaver,” answer the following questions. </li></ul><ul><li>What type of job does Beaver’s father have? </li></ul><ul><li>What type of job does Beaver’s mother have? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think that shows like “Leave it to Beaver” accurately portray the average American family? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Resistance to Conformity <ul><li>Working women </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenged traditional roles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rock-and-roll </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Considered vulgar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Beatniks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenged conformity through art </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Review Questions <ul><li>How did the GI Bill provide opportunities for returning GIs after WWII? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did people begin moving to the suburbs? </li></ul><ul><li>What impact will the baby boom have on American society? </li></ul><ul><li>How did Americans resist conformity? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Election of 1952 <ul><li>Ike vs. Adlai Stevenson </li></ul><ul><li>Stevenson (D) Gov. of Illinois </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Egghead </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eisenhower (R) Never held elected office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>War Hero </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Election of 1956 <ul><li>Rematch Ike vs. Adlai </li></ul><ul><li>Stevenson did not hold office during this election. </li></ul><ul><li>Eisenhower health and age issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heart attack in 1955 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eisenhower defeats Stevenson by an even larger margin this time around </li></ul><ul><ul><li>457 to 73 </li></ul></ul>

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