1. What fueled the growth of suburbs after World War II? Previously, most Americans had lived in cities…
DuBois and Dumenil, Through Women’s Eyes, Chapter 10 Beyond the Feminine Mystique: Women’s Lives, 1945-1965, pages 594-634 (69 pages).
If you know nothing about the Cold War, I recommend reading these introductory overviews, which total 3 pages:
As the text reports, American society was transformed in the period from 1945 through the 1960s. During these years Americans experienced the benefits and costs of suburbanization, the creation of a national highway system, accelerated consumerism, a Cold War and Red Scare, and the resurgence of traditional gender norms. According to the authors of our text, these developments were interconnected – one or more fueling the others.
In this essay you will focus on suburbanization, which was the material expression of post-war Americans’ desires for the resumption of social order and family life. Your task is to draw on the assigned reading to write a two-to-four-paged essay – typed and double-spaced – that answers the following questions:
- What fueled the growth of suburbs after World War II? Previously, most Americans had lived in cities.
- What was daily life like in 1950s and 1960s suburbs? Feel free to focus on any aspect of suburbanization, including the physical landscape, social life, gender roles in suburbia, etc.
- How (if at all) were suburbs a supportive or positive environment for men and women?
- In what ways (if at all) were the suburbs comfortable traps for men and women?