His135 Final Essay

2961 words - 12 pages

Significant Events through the year’s 1950’s-1990’s
19 February 2012

When you consider the term powerful and what it takes to be given this title, many would think of the United States. Over the course of decades, the United States has faced many obstacles in its path, threatening and challenging its wealth. The United States is a Country of free thinking with fruitful opportunities for the everyday people. The United States has faced many economic upswings, such as the baby boom era; has experienced excessive military spending, like the Reagan era; has dealt with wars, like Vietnam; and has even experienced political failure, like the Bay of Pigs and ...view middle of the document...

One of the more important was the birthrates. The Great Depression caused many couples to delay beginning a family. In the 1930s birthrates had reached their low point in American history, about 18 to 19 per thousand. As prosperity returned during the war, birthrates began to rise. By 1952 they had passed 25 per thousand to reach one of the highest fertility rates in the world (Axia College, 2011). Of course this dramatic change directly affected virtually every aspect of an American Life. More individuals means the need for more space. Because the numbers in the household were growing, having enough room for all to live comfortably became an important factor. The growth of the American family led to an inevitable housing market growth. With an influx of money in the market, the economy was able to be more stimulated which was put back into the communities that were expanding. During the 1950’s, the consistently growing suburbs of America grew rapidly, culminating nearly a growth of 40 times faster than the cities they left.   The baby boom within the 1950’s caused this economic growth to take place. An additional reason to consider the baby boom the most significant event was the development of the highway systems and production of the automobile. With veterans benefits, including VA loans, the 20-somethings found suitable housing in the new tracts sprawling on the outskirts of America`s cities (United States History, n.d.).. This called for a need in highways so people were able to travel to and from their place of work in the city. Because people were working in one area and living in another, the automobile became something that many Americans felt they needed to have. This era put GM, Ford, and Chrysler on the Map. According to the readings, the culture of the automobile in many ways defined America at midcentury and the automobile, at this time, provided a sense of accomplishment and prestige to many Americans (Axia College, 2011). Without the baby boom era, and expanding economy many may not have sought out the necessity for these automobiles. The main problem with this significant time in history is the individuals it favored. The baby boom era was a significant time to those who were white males. Although there was already racial tension in the communities mustering at this time, it had not come to a head along with woman’s movements that were a whirlwind waiting for its moment.    Although the home front was prosperous and living the “good life” our political front was on another chapter to this fairytale. The rise of communism in the Eastern European, African, and USSR countries has influence China and other areas of the world (Axia College, 2011). This placed America and their people in a threatening position.  
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