Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s


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Which of the following was NOT a characteristic of the postwar era?

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1. Why was Elvis popular with the youth in the 1950s?

2. Why was there a baby boom after WWII?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The United States experienced significant growth and prosperity in the years following World War II, which subsequently spanned different areas of the culture. Utilize the quiz and worksheet for this lesson to understand and recall the cultural trends and events during this time period.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will test you on:

  • Economic conditions in the U.S.
  • The 'Red Scare' and communism in America
  • Rock and roll music
  • The 'Baby Boom' and the family unit

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will assess your skills of:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on culture in the post-war United States
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as 'baby boom' and 'Red Scare'
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about economic growth in a different light

Additional Learning

Make sure you have fully understood all of the material by reviewing the lesson, Post-War American Life: Culture of the 1940s & 1950s. These objectives will be addressed in detail throughout the lesson:

  • Understand how the fear of communism affected American culture
  • Discover the rock and roll music revolution
  • Understand the post-war impact on the economy
  • Identify the dominant social views at the time