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|the country began to prosper again, causing more marriages and people getting married at younger ages. This resulted in the "baby boom."
|suddenly people had money to spend again and at least some things to spend it on. Consumerism became one of the most powerful forced in American culture & one of the American features the war was being fought to defend.
|(Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944) provided housing, education, and job-training subsidies to veterans and increased spending even further.
|-47% ^ in suburban population 1950s, causin more cars to be bought, ^ demand for homes, road construction -William Levitt: use of mass-production techniques to construct large developments of houses
|Benefits of Suburbs
|-provided fams w/ larger homes: easier to raise large # kids, privacy & security, space for new consumer goods -ppl moved to suburbs because they were restricted to white inhabitants -they increased isolation from the workplace
|Effects of Suburbs
|-fams needed a 2nd income to maintain the standard of livin they desired -more married women began working outside the home increased