• Textbook --> pp. 796 - 802.
  • FILM --> clips from "America's Century."
  1. How did the GI Bill of Rights help World War II veterans made the transition to civilian life?
  2. What social and economic problems did Americans face after World War II?
  3. What factors contributed to the American postwar economic boom?
  4. How did the Marshall Plan boost the American economy?
  5. What did President Truman mean by the sign on his desk which said:  "The Buck Stops Here!"?
  6. How did President Truman use his executive power to advance civil rights?
  7. Why was Jackie Robinson an important figure in the struggle for civil rights?
  8. Who was expected to win the 1948 presidential election?  What was the actual outcome?  Why did the it turn out that way?
  9. What were the cornerstone issues of President Truman's "Fair Deal?"
  10. Why were President Truman's approval ratings so low by 1952?
  11. What domestic and foreign issues concerned voters during the 1952 presidential election?
  12. Why was Senator Richard Nixon [CA] almost kicked off the Republican ticket (as its vice presidential choice) in 1952?  How did he save himself?
  13. What were President Eisenhower's civil rights policies?
  14. Why was Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, KS such a landmark Supreme Court decision?
  *  G I Bill of Rights   *  Given 'Em Hell, Harry!
  *  demobilization   *  "whistlestop campaign"
  *  Levittown   *  Fair Deal
  *  Office of Price Administration   *  Gov. Adlai E. Stevenson [IL]
  *  The Buck Stops Here!   *  I Like Ike!
  *  executive order   *  Sen. Richard M. Nixon [CA]
  *  Jackie Robinson   *  "Checkers" Speech
  *  Dixiecrats   *  Dwight David Eisenhower
  *  Gov. Strom Thurmond [SC]   *  "dynamic conservatism"
  *  Gov. Thomas E. Dewey [NY]   *  Brown v. Board of Education, 
     Topeka, KS


  • Textbook --> pp. 803 - 809.
  • FILM --> clips from "America's Century."
  1. How were conglomerates and franchises alike and different?
  2. What effects did the climate in many corporations have on workers in the 1950s?
  3. What was the "American Dream" in the 1950s?  How did life in the suburbs provide the model for it?
  4. How did the Baby Boom affect American life in the 1950s?
  5. How did women's roles and opportunities in the 1950s differ from women's roles today?
  6. Why did Betty Friedan's book cause such a stir?
  7. How did "automania" affect suburban life in the 1950s?
  8. What was "planned obsolescence?"  How did it affect advertising?   consumer buying habits?
  *  conglomerate   *  Dr. Jonas Salk
  *  franchise   *  Dr. Benjamin Spock
  *  The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit   *  Betty Friedan
  *  suburbia   *  The Feminine Mystique
  *  the "American Dream"   *  consumerism
  *  Baby Boom   *  planned obsolescence


  • Textbook --> pp. 812 - 817.
  • FILM --> clips from "America's Century."
  1. What types of programs characterized television's "Golden Age?"
  2. How did radio and the movies maintain their appeal to the new television generation during the 1950s?
  3. What was the "Beat" movement?  How did the values of the beatniks differ from those of mainstream America in the 1950s?
  4. What role did Dick Clark and his show, "American Bandstand," play in the development of rock 'n' roll?
  5. How did radio stations help African-American performers gain wide audiences?
  *  Federal Communications Committee
  *  Jack Kerouac
  * "Golden Age" of Television   *  Allen Ginsberg
  *  I Love Lucy   *  rock 'n' roll
  *  The Honeymooners   *  Elvis Presley ["The King"]
  *  Father Knows Best   *  Dick Clark
  *  Gunsmoke   *  "American Bandstand"
  *  Alfred Hitchcock   *  doo-wop
  *  the "Beats"   * A Vast Wasteland!
  *  beatnik


  • Textbook --> pp. 820 - 823.
  • FILM --> clips from "America's Century."
  1. What is "white flight?"
  2. How did many American cities change in the 1950s?
  3. Why were so many people unable to find decent housing in the 1950s, despite the building boom?
  4. Who were the braceros and the "wetbacks?"
  5. How did Mexican-Americans attempt to improve their lives during the 1950s?
  6. What was the major focus of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934?  What changes in earlier Indian policy did it bring?
  7. How was the Eisenhower administration's "termination" policy a new approach?  Why was it a failure?
  *  "white flight"   *  Operation Wetback
  *  barrio   *  Longoria Incident
  *  urban renewal   *  Indian Reorganization Act [1934]
  *  braceros   *  "termination" policy [1953]

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