Compare And Contrast The 1950s In The 1950's

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The 1950’s was the decade after World War II and is synonymous to being a golden age for capitalism, family, and overall life. 1950’s America was and is still looked at as the poster child for good living. When comparing this era to present day, the admiration is lower in some areas and higher in others. Between these two times, people believe there are major differences that make them polar opposites. The way military impacts individuals differ. In present day, we are not currently recovering from a massive world wide war, so we cannot reap the benefits or consequences of it. Military might affect people individually, but it doesn’t have a wave of effects in different platforms like it did during Post War. Likewise, government involvement …show more content…
However, these two times do share a significant similarity: institutionalized racism and inequality. Although the 1950’s differed from the present day lifestyle due to their military, easygoing economy, government involvement and gender roles, the two periods are not complete opposites due to the constant inequality amongst discriminated groups.
Military has always been a part of what makes America powerful; however, in these two times, it’s effects played a role in everyday American lives’ differently. The 1950’s was the period after a major world war which had various economic and social consequences. Stephanie Coontz, author of “What We Really Miss About the 1950’s” points out “[t]he postwar era [allowed] the spread of suburbs and automobiles combined” (29). Also, it “ brought the beginning of economic recovery and people’s renewed interest in forming families”(Coontz 27). 1950’s had great timing. Men were able to come home to a family and a good economy because America won the war. Factories were more thriving during this time because people had to be efficient and smart during the war. This allowed for automobiles to prosper. Since war ended, it was time for men to come home which meant families were able to prosper as well. They
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This is one of the biggest differences between the two times because post war was during an economic boom while 2016 is shortly after an economy recession. There were little factors within both times that shaped the government. In e 1950’s, it was generally easier for someone economically. In Gary Soto’s personal narrative “Looking for Work”, he describes his childhood growing up in the 50’ “eat[ing]... beans and tortillas in the stifling heat”(20). The beans and tortillas symbolized his low income status. Those are too inexpensive foods that a lot of families were forced to eat because of budget. Also, stifling heat makes it seem like maybe there was no air conditioning. He was a low income child in the 50’s; however, the whole book is about how he worked hard to get what he wanted. Regardless of his financial status growing up, he was able to climb up the ladder and be a successful author. The dynamics in the 1950’s helped support this. Programs such as the “National Education Defense Act funded the socioeconomic mobility of thousands of young men who trained themselves for well-paying jobs such as engineering”(Coontz 35). Coontz points out that this was also the last generation that had a good chance at being being middle class without going to college (35). Education is huge in 2016. People are dealing with huge lumps of debt to get an education because it is put in

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