Presentation on theme: "Causes and Effects of Suburbanization in the 1950’s"— Presentation transcript:
1 Causes and Effects of Suburbanization in the 1950’s vs.SuburbanizationBaby BoomIdeal American FamilyOpportunityModern ConvenienceWork Sited PageBy Jenna Napierski
2 SuburbanizationDefinition: 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 quicklyNot 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 marriedAfter The Depression and Wars everyone was ready to start their familyAn ideal family was viewed as married with childrenYoung couples wanted to raise their children in a safe environment-away from cities thus, they moved to the suburbs.Children in the 1950’sTeens in the 1950’s
4 Ideal American Family TV influenced perception of family life Suburbs sounded like an perfect placeto raise a perfect familyIdealistic names: Crystal Stream, Robin Meadows, Stonybrook ect.ChildrenA new standard for a what a child/young adult could do was set based on the opportunities provided by the suburban cultureExpected to stay in schoolMore free time because they weren’t required to get a jobWent to movies, public pools, ect.
5 OpportunityProvided opportunity for young couples to own their own homeOnly 19% of people said they would live in used homesSuburbanization provided an option to buyLess expensive because they were “built in bulk”Federal FinancingLow interest rates & mortgage guaranteesThey could buy something new and their very ownGI Bills
6 Modern Convenience Modernized car & highway Modern woman Federal-aid Highway act of 195641,000 miles of road laidToll roads, bridges, and tunnels madeAllowed people to live in the suburbs and commute to the city for workWith men away at work women were stuck at home. Ford answered this question.Modern womanAlready made clothesPrepackaged foodHousehold electronics more widespreadIt 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 communitiesSuburban communities were seen as perfect in everyway: religious, friendly, safePeople saw this and wanted to follow the exampleWomen on television were depicted as:Being secretive about their ageBeing careless with moneyBeing devoted housewives and attentive mothersAfrican Americans were rarely seen in these showsBack to “Ideal American Family” slide
8 Work Sited PageKenney, Kim. "Suburbanization in the 1950s." Suburbanization in the 1950s. Kim Kenney, 18 Dec Web. 20 Feb <http://modern-us-history.suite101.com/article.cfm/suburbanization_in_the_1950s>.The Suburbanization of America: The Rise of the Patio Culture. Greg Knight, Web. 22 Feb <http://patioculture.net/paper.html>.Hoover Cleaners. 74simon.co.uk. Web. 22 Feb <http://www.74simon.co.uk/hoover.html>.1950’s Film on Suburbanization of American W/ Philadelphia. Meta Cafe. Web. 21 Feb <http://www.metacafe.com/watch/ /1950_s_film_on_suburbanization_of_american_w_philadelphia.1950s Suburban America. The History Channel, 23 Mar Web. 19 Feb <http://boards.history.com/topic/Most-Influential-Events/1950s-Suburban-America/ >.