The Post World War II

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After World War II ended in 1945, many significant changes to American society began

to occur. Some of these major changes helped shape what the U.S. is today and include the Baby

boom, mass suburbanization, and mass consumerism. The Post-World War II era is defined by

these changes in U.S history and culture. In this Post-World War II era, social conformity

became the most ideal way of life. Every citizen wanted the same thing, this is known as the

American Dream. The American Dream consist of the working husband while the stay-at- home

mother would take care of their cookie-cutter suburban house with a son or daughter. Also, part

of the American Dream was a car that was usually bought with credit. With mass media

becoming more
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doll is actually alive and ends up killing the father in the end. This is a common middle-class

situation in the 1950’s, except for the living doll, and it’s because everyone was trying to be

normal and act like they belong in the same class with everyone else. Packard’s The Status

Seekers describes social conformity and how class and status are becoming more rigid, unlike

most people who think the nation is becoming one class. Packard writes, “In terms of his

productive role in our society-class lines in America are becoming more rigid, rather than

withering away” (Packard 8). With status and class being so important to most American citizens

in the 1950’s, class became more rigid and act like barriers to citizens who want to move up in


In the “Living Doll” episode of The Twilight Zone, the first thing you see is the classic

automobile car and their white suburban house. You can probably assume that the house and car

are almost exactly the same as the rest of the housing track. This is because there was such an

emphasis on social conformity and being normal during the 1950’s. A nice suburban home and

an automobile is what people bought in the 1950’s to show your class and you were just like

everybody else. The more elegant the house, the higher the class you are in. During the 1950’s,

many families will move to a nicer house in a nicer area just to show that they have a higher

status than others. In chapter six
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