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Title: THE POSTWAR BOOM


1
THE POSTWAR BOOM
  • THE AMERICAN DREAM IN THE 1950S

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THE BABY BOOM
  • During late 1940s early 1960s birthrate in the
    U.S. soared
  • At its height in 1957, a baby was born in America
    every 7 seconds (over 4.3 million babies in 57
    alone)
  • Baby boomers represent the largest generation in
    the nations history

3
What are the official years of the Baby Boom Generation?
1946 - 1964 saw a marked increase in the number of births in North America.
How did the birthrate rise and fall during the baby boom years in the US? How did the birthrate rise and fall during the baby boom years in the US?
1940 2,559,000 births per year
1946 3,311,000 births per year
1955 4,097,000 births per year
1957 4,300,000 births per year
1964 4,027,000 births per year
1974 3,160,000 births per year
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WHY SO MANY BABIES?
  • Why did the baby boom occur when it did?
  • Husbands returning from war
  • Decreasing marriage age
  • Desirability of large families
  • Confidence in economy
  • Advances in medicine

6
WHAT IT WILL MEAN TO YOU
Your generation will be supporting an
increasingly aging American population
7
Fads of the Baby Boomers
Hula Hoops
Frozen Foods
Poodle Skirts and Saddle Shoes

Barbie and GI Joe Dolls
Bikinis
Frisbees
Yo-yos
Ouija Boards
Dune Buggies
What celebrity deaths have most affected the Baby Boomers?
John F. Kennedy
Marilyn Monroe
Martin Luther King
John Lennon
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SECTION 3 POPULAR CULTURE
  • A new era of mass media led by television emerged
    in the 1950s
  • In 1948, only 9 of homes had T.V
  • In 1950, 55 of homes had T.V.
  • By 1960, 90 of American homes had T.V.

9
MUSIC IN THE 1950s
  • Musicians in the 1950s added electronic
    instruments to traditional blues music, creating
    rhythm and blues
  • Cleveland DJ Alan Freed was the first to play
    this music in 1951 he called it rock and roll

FREED
10
ROCK N ROLL
  • In early and mid-50s, Richard Penniman, Chuck
    Berry, Bill Haley and the Comets, and especially
    Elvis Presley brought rock and roll to the
    forefront
  • The driving rhythm and lyrics featuring love,
    cars, and problems of being young --- captivated
    teenagers across the country

11
THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL
  • Presleys rebellious style captured young
    audiences
  • Girls screamed and fainted, and boys tried to
    imitate him
  • Elvis Live
  • How Elvis learned to dance

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