Welcome Baltimore Polytechnic Institute April 27, 2011 U.S. History Mr. Green Agenda/Topics To Be Covered The students will identify economic and social
problems Americans faced after WWII by summarizing the postwar American period Announcement: Chapter 18/19 Test May 13 Drill: Read Now and Then on page 637 and answer the following: 1. What is the main idea of this feature? 2. What examples are given to support the main idea? Postwar America Ch. 19 Section
1 pages 636-642 Impact of the GI Bill Encourage veterans to get an education Paid part of their tuition 1 year of unemployment Low-interest, federally guaranteed loans Housing Crisis William Levitt/Henry Kaiser mass produce homes Suburbs created with identical looking homes
Laws created such as mowing, laundry, fences Redefining the Family Women reluctant to give up independence 6 million women worked during WWII By 1950, a million war marriages ended in divorce Economic Readjustment U.S. moved from a wartime economy to a peacetime economy
Prices increased when the O.P.A. ended price controls Price controls reestablished to control inflation Remarkable Recovery Living on a budget, people finally spent money Cold War increased defense spending Marshall Plan-created foreign markets Economic Challenges Trumans Inheritance
The buck stops here Truman Faces Strikes 4.5 million workers struck in 1946 steel, coal miners, railroad unions Truman seized the mines, wanted the RR Truman threatened to draft the strikers and the union gave in Had Enough Republicans won House/Senate in 1946 Republicans passed Taft-Hartley in 1947 over Trumans
veto Social Unrest Persists Truman supports Civil Rights Federal anti-lynching law Abolition of poll tax Body to prevent racial discrimination in hiring Congress did not act on these recommendations July 1948 Truman integrated the armed forces
by executive order and ended discrimination in government hiring 1948 Presidential Election Southern Democrats did not support Trumans view on civil rights formed Dixiecrats and nominated Strom Thurmond of SC Truman was the underdog and won by going to the people
Fair Deal National health care-did not pass Crop subsidy program Increased minimum wage/extended SS coverage Built housing units for low-income families Independent Work Complete the Guided Reading sheet and submit prior to the end of class.
Wrap-Up Summarize the events of the postwar period that contributed to social unrest in the United States. Homework 1. Read Chapter 19 Section 2
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