Life in post-war America

Zach Wiegand

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Explination

The images shown above all depict different facets of American life after World War 2. The first and third image both show the age of materialism that would manifest in american life at the end of WW2. Many Americans, after waiting a long and stressful war eagerly welcomed the booming economy and charged right into 1950s with visions of economic prosperity and ease. However, not all groups enjoyed this prosperity. The second image shows the growing racial tensions and segregation with the birth of the Jim Crow laws in post world war 2 America. The fourth image shows the continuing legacy of the New Deal, though in this case it was called the Fair Deal, established by Harry Truman. The Fair Deal proposed a raise in the minimum wage, health care for all Americans, and an end to racial segregation, Though not all of these policies were popular with Congress, this mindset showed a growing concern for the welfare of the general population. Lastly, the fifth image shows the "baby boomers", which is a term that refers to the rise in demographic between 1946 and 1964, during which a total of seventy six million babies were born.