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During World War ll the U.S government had rationed gasoline to curb inflation and conserve supplies, however there was an abundance of both imported and omestically produced petroleum. Americans bought cars in record numbers. Car sales rose from 6.7 million in 1950 to 7.9 million in 1955, also the number of private cars on the road rose from 40 million in 1950 to 60 million in 1960. But, suburban living made owning a car a necessity, because most of them did not offer public transportation, also most place they went; school, stores, synagogues, churches, jobs, and doctor/dentist' offices were not in walking distances.

More cars on the road meant more roads. Local and state governments contructed roads linking hte major cities while connevtin the schools, shopping centers, and workplaces to residential suburbs.

The Interstate Highway Act

President Eisenhower signed The Interstate Highway Act in 1956. The Interstate Highway Act authorized the building of a nationwide highway network about 41,000 miles of expressway. With an original authorization of 25 billion dollars for the construction of 41,000 miles of the Interstate Highway System supposedly over a 10-year period, it was the largest public works project in American history through that time.

Federal Communications Commissions (FCC)

by 1956 the federal communications commissions (FCC), a government agency that regulates and licenses televisions, telephones, telegraphs, radios, and other communications idustries, had allowed 500 new stations to broadcast. This period of rapid expansion was known as the "golden age" of televison entertainment. Emtertainment in the 1950's mostly meant comedy