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Postwar Boom

The Postwar Boom

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


Plan a 1950's party for your friends. To recreate the time as authentically as possible, use the information in this courses and additional research or interviews to learn the following about fifties teenagers.  

  • how they dressed

  • what they did for entertainment

  • what music they listened to

  • what they liked to eat

You will create an invitation that tells guests what to wear and what they can expect to hear, see, taste and do at your party. You will present your invitation and what you will do at the party to the class in the last session. 




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: Postwar America


Students will identify GI Bill of Rights, suburb, Harry S. Truman, Dixiecrat, Fair Deal and Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Students will examine the ongoing costs of war from World War I to modern times. 

Students will summarize the problems Americans faced after World War II. 

Students will analyze factors that contributed to the American postwar economic boom.

Students will examine the life and contributions of Jackie Robinson.

Students will clarify how Truman used his executive power to advance civil rights. 

Students will summarize Truman's achievements as president. 

Students will explain why most Americans went along with Eisenhower's conservative approach to domestic policy. 


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 802.

2) Read pages 803 - 811 in course textbook.

3) Complete the Interact with History Projects on pg. 811

4) Start your course project. 

Session 2: The American Dream in the Fifties


Students will review their homework and their Interact with History projects.

Students will identify conglomerate, franchise, baby boom, Dr. Jonas Salk, consumerism, and planned obsolescence. 

Students will compare/contrast how conglomerate and franchise were alike and different. 

Students will summarize the effects the climate in many corporations had upon workers. 

Students will examine the life and contributions of Jonas Salk. 

Students will describe how the baby boom affected American life in the 1950's.

Students will contrast how did women's roles and opportunities in the 1950's differ from women's roles today?

Students will explain why auto sales surged in the 1950's. 

Students will summarize how American lives changed with the automobile.

Students will contrast the positive and negative effects mass availability of the automobile had upon American life in the 1950's. 

Students will identify the contributing factors to the rapidly growing demand for consumer goods in the 1950's.

Students will analyze the development of suburbs. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 809.

2) Read pages 812 - 819 in course textbook.

3) Complete Interact with History projects on page 819.

4) Continue working on your course project.

Session 3: Popular Culture


Students will review their homework and their Interact with History Projects on page 819.

Students will identify mass media, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), beatnik, and rock 'n' roll. 

Students will summarize the types of programs characterized television "golden age" in the 1950's.  

Students will examine the influence of games shows from the 1950's to modern times. 

Students will answer the following questions and support their answer with historical evidence. 

1) Do you think the rise of television had a positive or negative effect on Americans. 

Students will analyze how radio and movies maintained their appeal in the 1950's. 

Students will explain why young Americans were attracted to the beat movement. 

Students will analyze how radio, TV, and the movies contributed to the rise of rock 'n roll. 

Students will analyze how radio stations helped African-American performers gain wide audiences.

Students will examine the life of teenagers in the 1950's.


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment on page 817.

2) Read pages 820 - 823 in course textbook.

3) Continue working on your course project. You will present your project in the next session. 

Session 4: The Other America


Students will review their homework and present their course project. 

Students will identify urban renewal, bracero and termination policy. 

Students will summarize the effect the white flight had upon American's cities. 

Students will analyze why poor people were unable to find decent housing, despite the building boom in the 1950's. 

Students will analyze the poverty line from the 1950's to modern times. 

Students will summarize how Mexican Americans and Native Americans attempted to improve their lives.

Students will examine the effect the Cold War had upon space exploration.

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