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1 Suburbanization Baby Boom Ideal American Family OpportunityModern Convenience Work Sited Page Causes and Effects of Suburbanization in the 1950s 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 1950s Children in the 1950s – Teens in the 1950s Teens in the 1950s

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 werent 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 – 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 wasnt 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 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: 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 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. 2008. Web. 20 Feb. 2010.. The Suburbanization of America: The Rise of the Patio Culture. Greg Knight, 2008. Web. 22 Feb. 2010.. Hoover Cleaners. 74simon.co.uk. Web. 22 Feb. 2010.. 1950s Film on Suburbanization of American W/ Philadelphia. Meta Cafe. Web. 21 Feb. 2010. { "@context": "http://schema.org", "@type": "ImageObject", "contentUrl": "http://images.slideplayer.com/7/1645915/slides/slide_8.jpg", "name": "Work Sited Page Kenney, Kim. Suburbanization in the 1950s. Suburbanization in the 1950s.", "description": "Kim Kenney, 18 Dec. 2008. Web. 20 Feb. 2010.. The Suburbanization of America: The Rise of the Patio Culture. Greg Knight, 2008. Web. 22 Feb. 2010.. Hoover Cleaners. 74simon.co.uk. Web. 22 Feb. 2010.. 1950s Film on Suburbanization of American W/ Philadelphia. Meta Cafe. Web. 21 Feb. 2010.


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