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Department
History
Course
HIS378H1
Professor
Professor Candace Sobers
Semester
Winter

Description
HIS378H Lecture Jan 9/2014 • Course Introduction • Thinking about the 60’s o Key Themes  Race  Gender and Sexuality   Youth vs. Age  Movement, optimism, activism  Changing relationships  Challenging consensus  Redefining equality • Affluence and Anxiety: the 50s o 1941 nd  America confronts the 2  world war  WWI: Many American’s want nothing to do with it, still in the great depression  • George Washington urged to stay out of European entanglements • Myth of isolationism  o Went back after WWI and didn’t really do anything in the world • They were not isolationists but more isolated • Many thought that the US need to intervene because Europeans were in trouble again • Loose: argues that America has no choice but to be more involved in the world  The boys come home­ GI Bill (1944) • Can the economy absorb this?? • Where will the soldiers do, etc.? o Solution = GI Bill o Single biggest domestic decision of the post­war era  o Creates a vast current of social mobility  o Educational opportunities, etc.  o Low rate mortgages o Led to job creation for the soldiers that came home   Baby Boom and the Nuclear family • Creation of the suburbs • Most families now have 2 cars o Lead to Federal Highway Act o 1959­ over 50% of US brides were under 19  New form of republican motherhood  Use of maternal skills to rear children for the better­ment of the nation  Industrialization and consumption • Spending to boost economy was seen as essential to support US in the cold war  • Also important for individuals to show status in society  • First credit cards  o Huge shift in American values against money and value • Consumer goods become iconic • Household appliances become symbols of success in society  • The kitchen debate • People moved west to California • Rise of Caltech, UCLA, etc.  • GNP jumped, economy added 70 million jobs • Culture of abundance saw a surge in religious values • Communism= atheist  • US= more religious • 50% rise in church membership o Rise of evangelist movement  o “In God we Trust” added to the $ o One nation “Under God” a
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