American Dream

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The American Dream, 1950’s to Now

After WWII, America began going through major changes socially, politically and culturally. Since the Great Depression up to the end of WWII Americans were living very simply and without a lot of things we take for granted today. Once the war ended and the veterans came home American citizens were ready to live the good life.

When the war ended many soldiers were ready to come home and start families, but this was an issue because no new houses had been built in the last 20 years. The cities and apartments were too crowded to house everybody and so the suburbs were created. Suburbs are neighborhoods that sit on the outskirts of the city, where each house is very similar to each other, making production quick and easy. The proposed life of living in the suburbs was popular among many different social classes and pleased everyone. Plus with the newly made GI bill veterans could get a cheap mortgage on their house making it easier for veterans to actually start a civilian life after the war. The suburbs were ideal because they were out of the busy crowded city but were still close enough to have a range of job opportunities available. Plus there was more space, a house to yourself and even a yard. Many suburbs had a real community sense as well and were very neighborly, there was barbeques and cocktail parties, and organizations such as Little League, Girl Scouts, and the PTA were formed in the suburbs as well.

The rides of suburbs also led to a boom in the production and sales of automobiles. Automobiles were a necessity for those in the suburbs so they could commute from their home into the city to get to their jobs, schools, and businesses with ease. The use of an automobile meant you didn’t have to rely on the train to get you to where you need to go on time.

The development of suburbs, automobiles and highways also led to shopping centers. Shopping centers were a cluster of stores with a large parking lot that...
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