Consumerism in the U.S. in the 1950s


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What plan allowed for government reinvestment in Europe after World War II?

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1. A society that is heavily influenced by Consumerism will purchase all of these EXCEPT?

2. What new financial instrument was introduced late in the 1950s?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In the wake of World War II, the United States successfully converted its wartime industries into a peacetime economy focused on providing goods that would raise the standard of living for American families. This quiz and worksheet test your knowledge on some of the factors behind this transition, and characteristics of American consumer culture.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As part of this assessment on consumerism during the 1950s, you'll be quizzed on the following topics:

  • Rebuilding the European economy
  • Characteristics of consumerism
  • Changes in personal finance
  • The role of technology
  • Educational opportunities

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on consumerism during the 1950s
  • Interpreting Information - make sure you can read about the rise of consumerism during the '50s and understand its roots and key features
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the economic conditions that allowed consumerism to thrive

Additional Learning

To learn more, read the lesson, Consumerism in the U.S. in the 1950s. The following objectives are part of the lesson:

  • Describe the government's role in the rise of consumerism
  • Explain how the U.S. was able to tap European markets for consumer goods
  • Understand how marketing influenced consumer culture