America in the 20th Century: The Post-War Years

9780974541761: America in the 20th Century: The Post-War Years
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1945 marked the end of World War II and the beginning of power, politics and prosperity of the post-war period. It was the era when Harry gave em hell and we all liked Ike. More importantly, it was a decade and a half when the foundation for modern America was established.

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This well-made production, divided into three segments, provides an introduction to life in the United States during the post-World War II years. Truman describes the challenges that Harry Truman faced when he became President, including his responsibilities as Commander in Chief and his decision to drop the atomic bomb, the difficulties of the country's conversion to a peace-time economy, and his dramatic 1948 reelection. I Like Ike discusses President Dwight Eisenhower's moderate Republican views on domestic issues, support of public works projects, reluctant enforcement of civil rights, and Cold War policies. Boom Times looks at how the prosperity of the era led to increased consumerism, widespread migration to the suburbs, and the development of the car culture, and discusses how the baby boom, television, and the birth of rock and roll changed American culture. Technical quality is very good. Visuals include period stills as well as excerpts from newsreels, television commercials, and public service messages. Although topics are not covered in depth, this film provides a big picture overview of the post-war social and political changes and the technological innovations that became the foundation upon which much of our modern world rests. It is more comprehensive in scope than NBC News Time Capsule: The 1950s, (Human Relations Media, 2005), and it could be used for either introduction or review, making it a very good choice for middle level and secondary collections. --School Library Journal

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