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What effects did this prosperity have on the way of life of different groups in US society?

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What effects did this prosperity have on the way of life of different groups in US society? America became wealthy during 1945 - 63. The main reason for this was World War 2. The war brought and end to the Great Depression. This meant that every person who wished for a job could now have one. America was producing over half of the world's goods causing a big 'boom' in the economy. New businesses were created and old ones now had spaces to employ new workers. Farmers were guaranteed market in feeding the armed forces as good weather ensured crops. Teenagers had more money to spend on themselves than parents ever had during the Great Depression. ...read more.

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However, in 1954, a survey revealed the answer, people were flushing there toilets during commercials, meaning they didn't bother watching them. After the war, women went back to a more traditional life. With the move to the suburbs, some felt remote and bored. However, those who did go to work were regarded with suspicion and generally did lower paid work in stereotyped 'woman' occupations. Some woman joined the feminist organisations. Younger people in the 1950's had much more money to spend on themselves than any previous generation of the family. Companies responded with products specifically targeted towards them. In 1957, it was estimated that the average teenager had between 10 - 15 dollars a week to spend compared to the 1 - 2 dollars in the early 1940's. ...read more.

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Where as the white American was almost double with $7,057. During 1953, the black's median income rose to $4,547. However, whilst the black's income rose, so did the whites. The white Americans median income rose to $8,110. The black's rose just over $700, the white's rose over $1000.In 1962, the black Americans median income rose to $5,429. However, the whites almost doubled that with $10,168. From these figures, it is easily shown that the blacks were being treated very unfairly. Over the course of 12 years, the black Americans started of with an income of $3,828 and ended up with only just $5,429. However, the whites received almost double every time the black's median income rose. The whites started of with $7,057 in 1950. At the end of the year 1962, the whites ended with $10,168. The whites doubled the black's income every time. Lee Martin GCSE History coursework. Assignment 2 ...read more.

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