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  1. demobilization
    More than 16 million Americans had served in thearmed forces during World War II. Demobilization, thedismantling ofthe huge United States war machine, wasa daunting task, somewhat like trying to reverse the directionofa river's flow.
  2. economic growth
    • gross national product total value of a countrys goods and services
    • -1940 $100billion
    • -1950$300billion
  3. Wage/ Price issues
    • average factory workers salary
    • -1950 $3,302.00
    • -1960 $5,352.00
  4. real income
    is the amount of income earned taking into account an increase in prices
  5. discretionary income
    is money to buy what people want and need
  6. advertising
    • 87% of families owned at least 1 TV set
    • fast growing industry
    • became an art form
  7. the G.I bill
    • In addition to educational benefits, the GI Bill offered low-interest mortgages to veterans who wanted to purchase homes.The GI Bill allowed millions of Americans to achieve a standard of living that was generally better than that of their parents.
    • -College buildings(more people going to school)
    • -Educational Benefits (assisting veterans to pay for school)
    • -Low interest mortagages
    • -home owners
    • 1940 44%
    • 1950 62%
  8. conglomerates
    firms that have holdings in a variety of unrelated industries
  9. corporate ladder
    white collar jobs people try to climb the corporate ladder
  10. service sector and farms
    • mechanics, repair men,(blue collar)
    • farms became big businesses
  11. automobile culture
    • america starts to become fast pace, tourism went up
    • 58 million cars sold
  12. clubs/services
    drivethrough resteraunts, drive in movies, be part of country club if you are in corporate ladder
  13. highway act of 1956
    build highways roads, have traffic be smoother opens tourism and stores
  14. growth of suburbia
    GI bill and automobile growth, highways
  15. white flights
    migration from cities to suburbs they moved to get away from racism
  16. de facto segregation
    wasn't documented segregation it just happened
  17. baby boomer post-world war II
    5-6 years war people didn't do anything when they came back they get back to the business of having families which happens and population exploded 17.83 million americans born during this time a new baby was born every 7 seconds
  18. the economy prospered
    needed to produce more when babies needed diapers, college/need shools
  19. education increased
    built new school every 7 days in california
  20. things were mass produced
    children were the main part of our society so lots of toys clothes and TV shows made for them
  21. medical advancements what did Dr. Jonas Stalk do
    creates a vaccine for polio open to the public on april 1955
  22. Dr.Benjamin spock's theory
    urges mothers to create a warm and trusting atmosphere for their children so they can grow into happy well adjusted adults women agreed that they should stay home
  23. why were women pressured to leave the workforce
    so veterans could have their jobs
  24. why were masses of people moving to the suburbs
    • larger families => more space, escape dirt and crime, more land and nature, GI bill , highways made commute easier, prejudices against african and hispanic americans
    • GI bill+ gave low interest loans
  25. levitown
    The Levitt family began and perfected their home construction techniquesduring World War II with contracts to build housing for the military on the East Coast. Following the war, they began to build subdivisions for returning veterans and their families. Their first major subdivision was in the community of Roslyn on Long Island which consisted of 2,250 homes. After Roslyn, they decided to set their sights on bigger and better things.he potato fields located 25 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island was named Levittown, and the Levitts began to build a huge suburb. The new development ultimately consisted of 17,400 homes and 82,000 people.
  26. levitown continued
    built 10600 homes in 3 years, all homes cost 7,990
  27. truman doctrine ( a belief)
    it said the US is ging to oppose communism anywhere in the world
  28. communism
    everybody's equal the gov. regulates everything
  29. the house un- american activities committee
    looking for communists and taking them out
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