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(economy)The economy in the 1950’s was based on consumerism. Everyone was purchasing stuff they either needed or wanted just because. Families around this time had a lot of money saved up. Over $140 billion dollars was saved up in accounts after war. This was because during and after the war there was nothing to buy. The 1950’s opened up a new era of household products and appliances. Cars, TV’s, and houses in suburban areas were a big deal so everyone had to buy their own. Back then if a neighbor had something new that you wanted, the next move made would be going out and buying bigger and better version. Since most everyone had money, the economy rose outstandingly high. The demand for shiny new things was high and it was substantially reachable.



(politics)
The political events of the 1950s were either in response to WWII, the big economic change across the world, or the Cold War. One of the U.S. presidents in this time period was Harry S. Truman. He was the 33rd president and served from 1945 to 1952. Dwight D. Eisenhower then became our president in 1952. He helped the department of Education and the Department of Welfare. During his presidency some people criticized the way he handled school desegregation. They said that he went too slowly, but he stood for the Civil Rights Act in 1957. He was a Republican and he was elected twice, once in 1952 and again in 1956. His election in 1952 was the first ever to be broadcast on television. Also CBS used one of the first computers ever to predict the election. Both the Soviet Union and the U.S. created a Hydrogen Bomb, also known as the H-Bomb. The idea of a nuclear bomb attack is what scared Americans the most. During this time many children in schools learned to "duck and cover". Images and videos of the H-bomb were soon released to the public on the TV and people were soon realizing the effects it had on people around the world. As part of the Cold War, Senator John McCarthy led the investigations into communist connections in American citizens. Many people were wrongly accused and therefore lost their jobs. The Cold War with the Soviet Union was the biggest problem in domestic and international politics.

(positives and negatives)
There were many positive and negatives in the 1950’s from the atomic bomb to consumerism. After the atomic bombs in the mid ‘40s they created the Hydrogen bomb (H-bomb). It was far more powerful and everyone wanted one, so the arms race began. There was also a space race. Every country was racing to achieve flight to space, or even better the moon. In the ‘50s the moon wasn’t reached but space was. The Baby Boom was a huge influence on the ‘50s more babies meant people needed houses to raise families. That’s where Levittown came in, America’s first planned community. There were tons of houses that all looked the same that the standard family would buy and live in. Which then led to consumerism, people needed to buy all the new appliances and necessities for their new homes. Everybody had their money saved up after what had happened during the Great Depression, they had all this money to buy, buy, and buy. There were ups and downs just like every era, but all in all was a successful year.

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