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What We Really Miss About The 1950s By Stephanie Coontz
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1) I believe we miss the overall improvement in the quality of life, the economy prosperity which
generated a sense of hope and optimism among Americans. We yearn for the balance
between work and family life along strong nuclear family ties. On the other hand, we do not
miss the disparity between women and male gender roles or the segregation of minorities in
America.
2) In the 1950s the government had a crucial role in making the 50s a decade filled with
economic growth, manufacturing more homes all together created more jobs and increased
wages.
After the war, the government helped military members prosper and many government
programs were created to assist middle class families. Conservative values prompted
conformity and gave Americans a sense of stability.
3)
ERA
CHACTERISTICS
1920s
Child labor
Income insecurity
Stock Market crashed
1930s
Great Depression
Higher murder rates/crime
Increased domestic violence
1940s
Housing shortage
Higher divorce rates
World War II
1950s
Economic/Family Prosperity
Civil Rights Movement
Exponential Population Growth
1960s
Increased child wellness
Economic security
Increased Female Labor Force
1970s
Decreased Family Values
Sexual and Social changes
Music/Art Development
2020
Global Pandemic
Radical liberalism
Overcoming mental health stigma
4) In the last 10 years we have witnessed retaliation against government measures. However,
many changes have occurred, and it influences how nuclear families live their daily lives.
During 2011-2012 there were significant reforms that legalized homosexuality, allowing military
members to express their sexuality without ramification, legalizing same sex marriage which
improved family dynamics of many individuals. Also, there is less stigma involving mental illness,
sexual abuse, and racial segregation.

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