The Political Climate of the 1950s Essay

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The 1950's 1


The Political Climate of the 1950s

Natasha C. Stewart

History 145

Robin Greenberg M.A.

April 11, 2005

The 1950s 2

With the dropping of the Atomic bomb that ended WWII and the beginning of the Cold War, there was an irony of stability and turmoil in the United States. The start of the 1950s brought about many changes, from the Red Scare and threat of the possible spread of communism in America, to changes in political movements, civil rights movements, and another possible war, there were many significant events and people during this time. Joseph R. McCarthy was a Republican Senator from Wisconsin with an enormous political agenda. With the
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The move of Americans from the cities into the suburbs also became a large part of the culture of mobility. The suburbs grew so fast that by the 1960s half of all Americans lived there (Davidson et al. 2002). With the growth in suburbia there also came the need for housing in places that had not been as populated. William Levitt began mass productions of single family homes in an effort to "produce lots of things at low prices." A community of 17,000 in the New York City suburb of Hempstead was constructed in 1947 and Levitt's housing development grew from there. The rate at which American were purchasing all types of material goods showed the economic rebound after WW II. The flourishing economy and rapid consumerism, led to an era of consensus. This agreement of culture and politics meant that Americans opposed communism and embraced middle class American ideals and the American way of life. With the availability of economic prosperity, middle class America began to all look the same. They all had the same car, same house, lived in the same areas and were basically enjoying the stability the post WWII brought to the United States. The government emitted a sense of that national affairs were in order and there was no need for American to worry. So Americans began to have babies, take advantage of the booming economy, buy houses and move into covenanted neighborhoods. But some worried that the conformity led to a lack of diversity

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