Postwar America, 1950-1969

Postwar America, 1950-1969

by Facts On File, Incorporated




The America of the 1950s and 1960s was a place of extreme contrasts. The country enjoyed unprecedented prosperity and the role of a global superpower. However, good times were not shared by all Americans, particularly minorities and women. The period following World War II was marked in the United States by great social change as a result of the Civil Rights movement, the women's movement, and opposition by youth to the Vietnam War. America's younger generation, especially teenagers, would play a large role in the political and popular culture of the day, with many rejecting the values and ideas held by their parents, ushering in an age of social change and experimentation unlike any other in America's history.

Aligned with the national high school history standards, the new Handbook to Life in America set offers students, researchers, and general readers a fascinating glimpse into the social history of the nation. While most American history sources focus mainly on national events and historic figures, this comprehensive new set delves into the way ordinary Americans lived. Each of the nine volumes examines a single time period in American history and presents a remarkable array of valuable information gathered by historians, archaeologists, scientists, and other scholars. Covering everything from the foods people ate and how they dressed to entertainment and popular pastimes, the text in each volume is written in a narrative format, with topics that include family and daily life, social attitudes, religion, education, entertainment and sports, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816071814
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/21/2009
Series: Handbook to Life in America Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Family and Daily Life 21

3 Material Culture 37

4 Social Attitudes 53

5 Cities and Urban Life 67

6 Rural Life 81

7 Religion 97

8 Education 109

9 Science and Technology 123

10 Entertainment and Sports 141

11 Crime and Violence 157

12 Labor and Employment 175

13 Military and Wars 193

14 Population Trends and Migration 213

15 Transportation 227

16 Public Health, Medicine, and Nutrition 241

Index 255

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