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1 The Eisenhower Years Life in the 1950s 26.4 & 26.5

2 The Boom Years Confidence & prosperity for most Confidence & prosperity for most Greater consumerism & conformity Greater consumerism & conformity Ike was a Modern Republican Ike was a Modern Republican Economic trend continued upward Economic trend continued upward

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4 Conglomerates: large corporations made up of companies within different fields Conglomerates: large corporations made up of companies within different fields Increased Automation led to job losses in older industries Increased Automation led to job losses in older industries 1955: AFL-CIO Merge

5 Suburban Growth Millions move out of cities for space, cleaner environment, better schools Millions move out of cities for space, cleaner environment, better schools Baby Boom ( ) 40 million babies were born in the USA Baby Boom ( ) 40 million babies were born in the USA Interstate Highway Act creates 41,000 miles of new highway Interstate Highway Act creates 41,000 miles of new highway

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9 Highway Act… Highway Act… Led to more automobile sales Growth of Trucking industry Important to national security

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11 Rise of Television 44 million homes with TV by million homes with TV by 1959 Advertising made it big business Advertising made it big business Shows often portrayed an idealized & unrealistic vision of American life and family roles Shows often portrayed an idealized & unrealistic vision of American life and family roles

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14 Revival of Religion Revitalized with use of TV & Radio Revitalized with use of TV & Radio Possibly due to faith in the American Way as being different than atheistic communism Possibly due to faith in the American Way as being different than atheistic communism By 1960, 2/3rds of America is part of some church By 1960, 2/3rds of America is part of some church

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16 Those Prosperity Missed Prosperity was mainly a white-middle class experience Prosperity was mainly a white-middle class experience Blacks & Hispanics were discriminated Blacks & Hispanics were discriminated Automation phased-out many farmers Automation phased-out many farmers Many Hispanics emigrated to cities Many Hispanics emigrated to cities

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18 The Silent Generation? Most teens of the 1950s conformed to the politics of the time Most teens of the 1950s conformed to the politics of the time Rock n Roll became most important form of expression Rock n Roll became most important form of expression Rock music & dance offended adults Rock music & dance offended adults

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24 The Beats or Beatniks Forerunner to 1960s Counterculture Forerunner to 1960s Counterculture Criticized Conformity Criticized Conformity

25 1957: Soviets Launch Sputnik First space satellite First space satellite Ruined American belief in superiority over the Russians Ruined American belief in superiority over the Russians Led to more Education Funding and founding of NASA Led to more Education Funding and founding of NASA

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27 Eisenhowers Farewell Address 1961 Warned of the dangers of the Military-Industrial Complex: the relationship between military, government, and corporations. Warned of the dangers of the Military-Industrial Complex: the relationship between military, government, and corporations. Called for end of arms-race and attempt at diplomacy. Called for end of arms-race and attempt at diplomacy.

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