Chapter 19 Objective
To understand the economic, social, and cultural changes that occurred in postwar America.

Building Vocabulary

Telescoping the Times Summary

Reading Study Guide Test

SECTION 1 Postwar America

  1. Identify economic and social problems Americans faced after World War II.
  2. Explain how the desire for stability led to political conservatism.
  3. Describe causes and effects of social unrest in the postwar period.
  4. Contrast domestic policy under presidents Truman and Eisenhower.

SECTION 2 The American Dream in the Fifties

  1. Explain how changes in business affected workers.
  2. Describe the suburban lifestyle of the 1950s.
  3. Identify causes and effects of the boom in the automobile industry.
  4. Explain the increase in consumerism in the 1950s.

SECTION 3 Popular Culture

  1. Explain how television programs in the 1950s reflected middle class values.
  2. Explain how the beat movement and rock 'n' roll music clashed with middle class values.
  3. Describe ways that African-American entertainers integrated the media in the 1950s.

SECTION 4 The Other America

  1. Explain how the white migration to the suburbs created an urban crisis.
  2. Describe the efforts of minorities to gain equal rights and fight poverty.

Last Modified on December 30, 2008