Through the picture window: society and culture, 1945-1960
Americans were happy that they had proven that they indeed had industrial might and military strength. This is after the Second World War came to an end. For many years, Americans had been denied the opportunity of benefiting from the advantages obtained from their economy. As a result of improvements in the economy, Americans lived lives that were extremely fulfilling. They were known to be socially content as they had access to various consumer products new in the market. There is a need to worry as the American society is viewed as being extremely materialistic, conformist as well as complacent. The latter is especially evident among those who are in the middle class.
It is during the aftermath of the Second World War that Americans benefited from their economy. During that time, the economy grew at a fast rate, as many goods of a consumer nature were manufactured. The Gross Domestic Product of the country rose as well as the living standards of Americans. The poor people who were from the urban ghetto and the rural communities were ignored despite there being consumerism and boosterism. There were many notable events, which took place, during this period in America. They include; the ever expanding cultures of the Americans, the baby boom, Great Black Migration, among many others.
Lastly, the American family was depicted in a distinct image mostly in magazines and televisions. Families consisted of a housewife and a working father, but this is not in accordance with the existing reality. The black community family image was the one mostly distorted as most of them lived in the ghettos. Many artists emerged in what is known as the beat Generation, and an example was Edward Hopper. Most of them engaged in music, sex and alcohol in order to cope with modern life.
New Frontiers Politics and the Social Change in the 1960’s
During this period, the United States experienced many problems such as trauma and tragedy, thus a need for a solution. In turn, it led to the new frontier, which involved two notable Americans. They were John. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and the former made an attempt to come up with new frontiers. Unfortunately, his efforts were not successful as he did not find a solution to American problems such as civil rights expansion and federal aid programs. The Great Society by President Johnson brought about the needed social reforms in America. He made an attempt to get rid of poverty through expansion of various sectors of the economy. Moreover, his programs became unpopular as they were considered being expensive.
Sit-ins, which were non violent, were common during the 1960’s among all whites and African Americans. This period is known for its achievements towards attaining rights. It was during this time that Martin King Luther made progress in making sure that equality existed. Blacks became empowered as they were fully aware of their rights. Kennedy ensured that his governments became involved in matters concerning Vietnam. In order to bring an end to regimes considered being communist, American troops were deployed to various countries. Lastly, Cuba was on the list of oppressive regimes and Kennedy had to find a way of ending it. A notable event, which took place at this time, was the Cuban Missile attempt, which failed. Indeed, the United States is a country that has made progress in many ways.