The Postwar Boom

The National Housing Act of 1949

The National Housing Act of 1949 gave all American families a decent home and a suirable living enviroment. The act called for tearing down rundown neigborhoods and constructing low-income housing. The act took place all over America. The act was passed because too many American families were living in poverty without a home. It successfully gave every American family a decent home and a suitable living enviroment. Little to nobody was living in poverty after the act took place.

The Interstate Highway Act

The Interstate Highway Act, signed on June 29th, 1956, authorized the building of a nationwide highway network. Under the act, 41,000 miles of expressways were built all over America. More and more cars were being built which meant more and more roads were needed. People wanted to go farther, faster. Interstate highways made high-speed, long-haul trucking possible which lead to a decline in the commercial use of railroads. These highways encouraged the development of new suburbs farther from the cities. The new suburbs brought new homes to give to those who needed them under The National Housing Act of 1949. This act allowed people to freely travel the country and live in new places.