Rand Expectation and Individual Influence

1. Grand Expectation
The years from 1945 to 1974 were an era of Grand Expectations. At the end of World War II, spontaneous celebrations filled downtown streets across the nation. The war was over. Sons and daughters were coming home. Democracy triumphed over fascism. The Great Depression was a memory. Prosperity was ahead. It was time to purchase a home, start a family, and return to work. However, despite the optimism, new concerns were on the horizon. Select what you consider to be the most significant challenge of this era and discuss its historical significance. Make sure to incorporate what you learned from the Multi-Media podcast you selected this week. Include the name of the historian, his or her central argument, the title of the podcast, and how it relates to the topic of the week.

2. Individual Influence
Every era in American history has had notable men and women who shaped their times, for better or worse. Identify one person from this weekas reading who you believe had a significant impact on the years from 1945 to 1974. This could include a president who introduced important policies that changed the country, a social activist who inspired reform, or someone else who had an important positive or negative impact on this era. Briefly explain who this person was, their specific a?individual influencea? on the times, and then discuss why you made your selection.