The Conservation Movement And The Environmental Movement Essay

1487 Words Jun 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Over the last seventy years, Americans have become increasingly more aware and involved in both the conservation movement and the environmental movement as a whole. With the rise of the environmental movement in the 1960s, quality of life and health concerns became of the utmost importance to the American public. Post World War II, issues such as nuclear testing, pesticide and other chemical use/waste products, and the production of plastic goods in combination with American consumerism culture had serious environmental impacts.
Post World War II, the production that once supported the war effort and helped pull America’s economy out of the depression was now shifting toward a more consumer-based market economy. From the 1950s on, there were plenty of jobs, wages were higher and Americans were eager to spend their hard-earned money. People were purchasing their own homes, most often they were located in suburban areas and were simplistic in nature (i.e. Levittown type homes). Americans were investing in ‘highly desired’ household based items such as televisions, toasters and vacuum cleaners. Additionally, with the massive growth of suburban populations, automobile sales increased rapidly in the 1950s. Now more than ever, cars were becoming an important American necessity. It had only been a few decades since Henry Ford debuted his affordable American automobile in the 1920’s. According the document “Henry Ford Recalls the Invention of the Automobile, 1922”, Ford…

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