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Students will learn:
- America's social readjustment and recovery after the war
- Postwar economic changes
- A summary of the 1948 election
- Presidential election of Dwight D. Eisenhower
- The events of Eisenhower's administration
- An overview of the post-war Affluent Society
- Lifestyles of Americans in the 1950s
- Consumerism of the 1950s
- Advances in technology in the 1950s
- Mass communication developments
- Music of the 1950s
- America post World War II
- Counter culture from the mid 1940s to 1960
- Postwar urban culture
- Protests to fight discrimination and poverty
- Juvenile crime in the 1950s
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1. Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s
In this lesson, we will explore American postwar culture. We will learn what life was like throughout the late 1940s and the 1950s by highlighting important cultural trends.
2. The Counter-Culture of Post-War America
In this lesson we will explore the counter-culture of the postwar era. We will examine the groups and individuals who defied the conventions of mainstream society.
3. Readjustment & Recovery After WWII
World War II changed quite a lot in American society. In this lesson, we'll see how the United States attempted to adjust to all of this change, both at home and abroad.
4. Truman's Fair Deal & Economics After WWII
Although Truman inherited FDR's presidency, he found himself living in a very different world than his predecessor. In this lesson, we'll explore Truman's Fair Deal and see how it reflected changes in postwar America.
5. Truman vs Dewey: The Election of 1948
The 1948 election between incumbent Democratic President Harry S. Truman and Republican Thomas E. Dewey is considered the greatest election upset in American history by most historians.
6. Dwight D. Eisenhower vs. Adlai Stevenson: The Election of 1952
American presidential elections can get pretty heated. In this lesson, we're going to check out the election of 1952 and see how Americans chose between Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson.
7. The Affluent Society of the 1950s
Americans tend to have very distinct impressions of the 1950s, but why? In this lesson, we'll explore the influence of wealth in this era and see how it defined a generation.
8. 1950s Life in the United States
During the 1950s, a new and growing middle class gained a great deal of power and influence in America with a lifestyle to match. However, not everything was perfect, as the plights of women and racial minorities were far from picturesque.
9. Consumerism in the U.S. in the 1950s
In the 1950s, the per capita income in the U.S. may have been thousands of dollars less than it is today, but advertising was already a multibillion dollar industry! Find out what they were selling in this lesson on consumerism.
10. Science & Technology in the U.S. in the 1950s
The 'Space Age' and the 'Atomic Age' are some of the words we use to categorize the 1950s. This lesson takes a look at some of the scientific achievements of that period, ranging from nuclear energy and rockets to DNA and vacuum cleaners.
11. Mass Media in the U.S. in the 1950s
The ways in which people got information changed dramatically during the 1950s. While no technology would be completely doomed, this lesson shows how the seeds were planted for a revolution in media in the decades to come.
12. Music in the 1950s: Rock 'n' Roll & Jazz
Before the 1950s, music was dominated by big bands at concerts that required a dinner jacket. After the 1950s, concerts were held at prisons. Needless to say, music changed a great deal, as this lesson explains.
13. Urban Poverty in the U.S. in the 1950s
While many of us may think of the 1950s as a time of great prosperity, that wasn't the case for everyone. In fact, during that decade, the condition of many in America's largest cities actually greatly deteriorated.
14. 1950s Discrimination Against Native Americans & Hispanic Americans
It's important for us to remember that the Civil Rights Movement wasn't just about one minority group but about several such communities. This lesson talks about the challenges faced by Native Americans and Hispanic Americans.
15. Juvenile Delinquency in the 1950s
While parents and their teenage children have always had disagreements and arguments, the 1950s were one of the first times when teenagers had the money to actually gain their own levels of independence.
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Other chapters within the Glencoe U.S. History - The American Vision: Online Textbook Help course
- Chapter 1: Creating a Nation (Beginnings - 1789)
- Chapter 2: Growth and Conflict (1789 - 1877)
- Chapter 3: The Birth of Modern America (1877 - 1900)
- Chapter 4: Becoming a World Power (1872 - 1912)
- Chapter 5: The Progressive Movement (1890 - 1919)
- Chapter 6: World War I and Its Aftermath (1914 - 1920)
- Chapter 7: The Jazz Age (1921 - 1929)
- Chapter 8: Normalcy and Good Times (1921 - 1929)
- Chapter 9: The Great Depression Begins (1929 - 1932)
- Chapter 10: Roosevelt and the New Deal (1933 - 1939)
- Chapter 11: A World in Flames (1931 - 1941)
- Chapter 12: America and World War II (1941 - 1945)
- Chapter 13: The Cold War Begins (1945 - 1960)
- Chapter 15: The New Frontier and the Great Society (1961 - 1968)
- Chapter 16: The Civil Rights Movement (1954 - 1968)
- Chapter 17: The Vietnam War (1954 - 1975)
- Chapter 18: The Politics of Protest (1960 - 1980)
- Chapter 19: Politics and Economics (1971 - 1980)
- Chapter 20: Resurgence of Conservatism (1980 - 1992)
- Chapter 21: Into a New Century (1991 - Present)