American Society After Wwii Experienced A Major Change

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American society after WWII experienced a major change. The growth of business and industry provided abundant wealth for the country. The middle class grew and grew; this social class was deemed "affluent.” As the classes grew, the paradox between progress and poverty in a society which was capable of providing for everyone showed the countries inability to deal with social and civil issues. But, this didn’t just happen overnight. There are several factors which showed signs and contributed this society and the growth of the economy, such as, the building of suburbs due to the baby boom, and the new consumerism. Although there was a huge flux in the prosperity, poverty in America was still an issue. The economy was booming and the…show more content…
Because the blacks were unable to break the racial barrier they were stuck with low end jobs. As a result of Urbanization blacks were entering cities as whites were moving to suburbs. The gap between rich and poor was huge. BABY BOOM AND SUBURBIA: Affordable housing, the desire to leave the cities, and racial fears were all factors that led to many white Americans to move to suburban areas. William Levitt was a main promoter of suburban living, he was contracted by the federal government during the war to quickly build housing for military personnel; Levitt applied the techniques of mass production to construction. In 1947, he set out to erect the largest planned-living community in the United States on farmland he had purchased on Long Island, New York. Each house had two bedrooms, one bathroom, and no basement. The kitchen was situated near the back of the house so mothers could keep an eye on their children in the backyard. Within one year, Levitt was building 36 houses per day. His assembly-line approach made the houses extremely affordable. At first, the homes were available only to veterans. Eventually, though, Levittown, was open to others as well. By 1960, more Americans lived in suburbs than in cities; because few new homes were built during the war years, the country faced a housing shortage. Another reason for moving to the suburbs was the baby boom. After World War II came to an end, the United States experienced unprecedented population growth, known
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