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1 Causes and Effects of Suburbanization in the 1950’s
vs. Suburbanization Baby Boom Ideal American Family Opportunity Modern Convenience Work Sited Page By Jenna Napierski

2 Suburbanization Definition: A usually residential area or community outlying a city. Prior to this time people lived mostly in cities with few living in the rural areas. Sprang up very quickly Not much deviation from home to home or between schools, hospitals, and civic centers

3 Baby Boom Marriage rates at all time high
By the age of 24 70% of women were married After The Depression and Wars everyone was ready to start their family An ideal family was viewed as married with children Young couples wanted to raise their children in a safe environment-away from cities thus, they moved to the suburbs. Children in the 1950’s Teens in the 1950’s

4 Ideal American Family TV influenced perception of family life
Suburbs sounded like an perfect place to raise a perfect family Idealistic names: Crystal Stream, Robin Meadows, Stonybrook ect. Children A new standard for a what a child/young adult could do was set based on the opportunities provided by the suburban culture Expected to stay in school More free time because they weren’t required to get a job Went to movies, public pools, ect.

5 Opportunity Provided opportunity for young couples to own their own home Only 19% of people said they would live in used homes Suburbanization provided an option to buy Less expensive because they were “built in bulk” Federal Financing Low interest rates & mortgage guarantees They could buy something new and their very own GI Bills

6 Modern Convenience Modernized car & highway Modern woman
Federal-aid Highway act of 1956 41,000 miles of road laid Toll roads, bridges, and tunnels made Allowed people to live in the suburbs and commute to the city for work With men away at work women were stuck at home. Ford answered this question. Modern woman Already made clothes Prepackaged food Household electronics more widespread It wasn’t necessary to live in a city with all of these resources when you had them for yourself

7 TV and movie influence on family life
Took place in suburban communities Suburban communities were seen as perfect in everyway: religious, friendly, safe People saw this and wanted to follow the example Women on television were depicted as: Being secretive about their age Being careless with money Being devoted housewives and attentive mothers African Americans were rarely seen in these shows Back to “Ideal American Family” slide

8 Work Sited Page Kenney, Kim. "Suburbanization in the 1950s." Suburbanization in the 1950s. Kim Kenney, 18 Dec Web. 20 Feb <>. The Suburbanization of America: The Rise of the Patio Culture. Greg Knight, Web. 22 Feb <>. Hoover Cleaners. Web. 22 Feb <>. 1950’s Film on Suburbanization of American W/ Philadelphia. Meta Cafe. Web. 21 Feb < /1950_s_film_on_suburbanization_of_american_w_philadelphia. 1950s Suburban America. The History Channel, 23 Mar Web. 19 Feb < >.

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