Iscuss how the 1950s was a training ground for the activists and outsiders that created the cultural revolution that emerged in the 1960s
World War II had a significant impact on American life. It was the first time the United States reached its full military potential. The United States emerged from the war the strongest nation in the world and fully committed to a global role. The war also brought about economic recovery and unprecedented prosperity while establishing political and demographic trends. By 1950, pent-up consumer demand and production finally came into line, and the economy boomed. Defense spending added a further stimulus. The baby boom and the shift of the population to the suburbs stimulated the consumer goods industry and Americas fears about another depression were over. However, there were problems. Farming and older industrial areas of the country suffered, and social critics attacked the emerging suburban culture as dull and depersonalizing. African Americans continued to live in blighted neighborhoods and to be segregated from white society. The denunciation of Soviet human rights abuses while African Americans were kept in a state of second-class citizenship sparked calls for change. Though the 1950s ended with a national mood that was less troubled than when the decade began, the United States was neither as tranquil or confident as it could have been. International events and the possibility of nuclear war contributed to the increasing feelings of anxiety among the populace. Though Americans no longer feared a reoccurence of the Great Depression, new fears emerged about the hollowness of the new abundance and the contradiction that American race relations posed for national promises of equality, democracy, and freedom. Discuss how the 1950s was a training ground for the activists and outsiders that created the cultural revolution that emerged in the 1960s.