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1 The Postwar Years at Home
Chapter 27

2 Don’t Forget What it Was Like
What was the economy like before the war? Describe the conditions in the US. What have we discussed about America’s Post War years at home? List the different topics.

3 Setting the Scene “Socially, these communities have neither history, tradition, nor established structure…Everyone lives in a ‘good neighborhood’, there is, to use that classic American euphemism (using different words), ‘no wrong side of the tracks.’ -Harry Henderson, “The Mass-Produced Suburbs,” Harper’s 1953 Describe how this authors feels about the Suburbs. Does he think they are a good thing or do they have negatives?

4 Businesses Reorganize
Vocab Word: Per Capita Income: The average annual income per person. Per Capita means “per person” = 16.6 Nuggets per capita /

5 Vocab: Conglomerate Conglomerate: A corporation (a type of business) made up of three or more unrelated business.

6 Vocab: Franchise Franchise- A business sells the rights for a person to open one of their stores. A McDonald’s Franchise costs over a Million dollars today Early McAdd

7 Television: The reason people don’t go outside
I love Lucy Honeymooners

8 Advances in Medicine Answer these questions?
Can you name a famous Person with Polio? Have you ever met a person with Polio?

9 Homework

10 = The Computer Industry
Vocab: Transistor: A tiny circuit device that amplifies (makes louder or larger) controls, and generates electrical signals. “Transistor Radio (1950’s) = Ipod (2010’s) =

11 Nuclear Power 1954: First Nuclear Powered Submarine
1957: First Nuclear Power Plant on land

12 How it works

13 Vocab: Blue/White Collar
Blue Collar White Collar Depends on manual labor Service industry or manufacturing Working class Used more intellectual skills Often college graduates Office Jobs White Collar Conformity

14 Vocab: Baby Boom A dramatic increase in babies being born after WWII
Remember our lesson on women in the 1950’s

15 Moving to the Suburbs GI Bill of Rights Mass production of homes
provided ways for service men to get cheap loans for houses and to go to college for free Mass production of homes Made quickly a almost identical

16 Cars and highways Suburbs too far away for public transportation
Cars become a status symbol I-270 built from

17 UGH!!! What does this have to do with anything?!?!
What did Westerville look like 20, 30, or 40 years ago?

18 To Rock or not to Rock? Rock n roll… is sung, played and written for the most part by [mentally deficient] goons and by means of its almost imbecilic repetition and sly, lewd, in plain fact, dirty lyrics… it manages to be the music of every side burned delinquent on the face of the earth.”

19 To Rock or not to Rock? “Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.'

20 Rock n Roll- doing what you want since the 1950’s
Rock and Roll was a complete rejection of white mainstream society Began as “Black rhythm and blues” Alan Freed “Moondog Rock ‘n’ Roll Party”

21 Elvis brings Rock to White audience
Elvis Presley may seem tame but he was Lady Gaga and Kanye West rolled into one. People had to be told he was white because at the time they said he “sounded black” Sexual tones and flamboyant dancing scared many adults

22 Review Families move to the Suburbs Cheap loans
College Educations and the new “white collar” jobs Highways to get them to the Suburbs Cheap new houses


24 Review Rock and Roll Comes out of an African American tradition of Rhythm and Blues Not everyone happy about new kind of music Who wants to share their song?

25 The “Beat Generation” Vocab-Beatniks
-Members of a movement that promoted being spontaneous, or acting at a moment’s notice without planning.

26 Jack Kerouac- leader of the beat generation
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!”

27 The “Silent Generation”
Many children continued to conform Stayed in school longer than before More free time Girls begin Baby sitting The “teen” is born- 1941

28 Religion is back! Many people had stopped attending Churches and Synagogues before the 1950’s “Godless Communism” brings them back 1954- “Under God” added to pledge of allegiance 1955- “In God we trust” added to money

29 Billy Graham- Evangelist Preacher
“A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.” Billy Graham

30 Home Work Due Monday Write a 2 paragraph journal entry from the perspective of a student your age in the 1950’s.




34 Find the table that corresponds to the age of your home
In your groups find each of your homes on the map of Westerville Do any of you live in the same neighborhood? Assign a group member to mark them on the board with group age.

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