1950's Time Period
Prosperity Sweeps America
Leading up to the time era of the 1950’s, America began to seek great movements within the nation. World War II was just ending in 1945. The men of the war had begun …show more content…
Although America had overcame obstacles and began to rebuild life and jobs, there were many downfalls associated. Although postwar growth industries flourished, many other industries declined. Many of these included: railroads, coal mining, and textiles. Agriculture took a major blow during this time era as well. The price of goods began to plummet do to the production. Farmers were producing more goods than consumers could purchase making the prices drop significantly. Many of the smaller farms across America were forced to seek other employment or join larger farms. Millions of Americans moved to the suburbs. Although the white, middle-class world of the suburbs set the cultural tone of the postwar era, it was only one side of the spectrum of society within America in that time frame. According to Gorn, there was a whole different side of America that was overlooked. These individuals had much lower incomes, decreased education, and darker skin color. Almost a third of these families had to function and live on less than $4,000 a year.
While most of the economy boomed and consumerism pervaded the culture, anxiety and tensions belied the surface placidity of 1950s society. In this cold war era, fear of Communist expansion abroad and subversion at home, as well as of nuclear war, shaped American life in profound ways. As the long conflict with the Soviet Union took shape in 1946-1947, American society became increasingly obsessed with communism, disloyalty, and dissident opinion generally (Gorn,