cold war culture


  1. What: In 1956 the FCC, or Federal Communications Commission, was created as a government agency to help with different means of communications.
  2. Time Period: Around the 1950's
  3. Location: In the U.S.
  1. Cause: Post-World War II innovations sent the television industry soaring.
  2. Reason: Instead of only having 2 hours a broadcast a week, there were allowed 500 new stations to broadcast.
  3. Result: Built the FCC to regulate and license televisions, telephones, telegraphs, radios, and other communications.
  1. Significance: TV shows and broadcasts became more of a common idea for household families to watch.
  2. To Whom: American families, as well as the broadcasters and actors because it created more jobs.

Road Construction

  1. What: Local and state governments constructed roads linking the major cities while connecting schools, shopping centers, and workplaces to residential suburbs.
  2. Time Period: Between the late 1950's and early 1960's.
  3. Location: In the U.S.
  1. Cause: Over a span of 5 years, the new car sales rose from 6.7 million in 1950 to 7.9 million in 1955.
  2. Reason: Easy credit terms and extensive advertising persuaded Americans to buy cars in record numbers.
  3. Result: More roads were needed because of the increase in cars traveling on the road, which also resulted in the development of suburbs farther from the cities.
  1. Significance: The industry created more jobs in general because there needed to be people for building the roads, constructing the new houses in the suburbs, and the demand from cars salesmen increased as well.
  2. To Whom: Consumers and adults in the United States that have been in need of jobs after WWII.

Pictures from that era