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America Since 1945—E-Seminar 3, The Stable Fifties
Resource Type: E-Seminar
Taught by: Alan Brinkley


In The Stable Fifties, the third e-seminar in the series America Since 1945, Professor Alan Brinkley examines the shift in American economics and culture that occurred after World War II. While many other combatant countries faced a slow rebuilding period after the war's end, the United States celebrated a vast and steady economic boom that began during the war and continued for the next twenty years. Professor Brinkley examines aspects of American middle-class culture during the Eisenhower years, including the rise of television and the expansion of the suburbs. He also offers a perspective on the Eisenhower presidency.
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Document-Based QuestionsDocument-Based QuestionsTeaching ActivitiesTeaching Activities

1. Eisenhower and the Politics of the 1950s

2. Homogenized Society and Conformity




1. Economic Prosperity in the 1950s in the United States

2. The Illusion of Conformity



Point-CounterpointPoint-CounterpointClassroom SimulationsClassroom Simulations

1. Suburbs and Conformity

2. President Eisenhower's Public Image

3. Eisenhower's Foreign Policy and the Military-Industrial Complex




1. Middle-Class America and Its Discontents





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