23 Apr 2012

U.S. after WWII (A.K.A. The “Burbs”)

Author: Mrs. Carpenter | Filed under: Social Studies 2011-2012

We have been studying and analyzing the U.S. after World War 2, commonly referred to as “Life in the Burbs”. Many advancements were made in all aspects of life: transportation, communication, technology, medicine and entertainment. To demonstrate your understanding of this concept, answer ONE of the following questions:

1)  How did life become different when the ‘burbs came around?

2) Would you have wanted to live in the burbs?

3) What kind of technological innovations occurred during the 50’s? How did they affect life in the 1950’s?

4) Explain the architecture of the suburbs and how it affected life.

5) What new advances were made in communication during the 1950’s  and how did this affect life?

6) How did entertainment change during the 50’s and how did it change life for the average American citizen?

7) Why did the famous “Baby Boom” happen and how long did it last?

175 Responses to “U.S. after WWII (A.K.A. The “Burbs”)”

  1. Jamie-4 Says:

    2) Would you have wanted to live in the burbs?

    Yes, I would want to live in the burbs because the adults and children were more active outside. They wouldn’t be inside all the time, they would be outside enjoying nature. If people in the 1950s lived without colored TV’s and video games, then I could too.

  2. Nathaniel-4 Says:

    The new advances to technology was the telephone. You were able to have two telephones per household. It made it easier so if you want to talk to someone you could call them instead of trying to find them or go to there house.

  3. Javier Says:

    Yes, I would live in the burbs because back then a lot of exciting events happened back in the 50’s. For example the first moon landing happened in the 50’s, the television was made, and so was the telephone.

  4. Wesley-6 Says:

    No i would not want to live in the 1950s because they did not have the medicine that we have today so it would be easier to get sick and there would not be as many vaccines.

  5. Briona Says:

    Would you have wanted to live in the burbs?

    Yes I would like to live in the burbs to get away from all the technology and the city in general . I would love to go back in times to live in the burbs for like a week at least just to see what those people went through…

  6. Mercedes- 6 Says:

    Would you have wanted to live in the burbs?
    No, I would not have wanted to live in the burbs, because back in the 1950’s everyone was leaving the city to live in the burbs, leaving the city vacant and making the burbs crowded.

  7. Blake Machajewski Says:

    Would I have wanted to live in the burbs? Yes! I would have loved to live in the burbs. The 1950’s decade was a great time to be living in the burbs. Everything was flourishing and booming. You could get a house at really cheap, and it was state of the art. You would also be able to do fun things like drive-in movie theaters. The only draw back to me would be that there was no T.V. or Xbox. I would for sure miss those two things.

  8. Rylee-6 Says:

    Entertainment got really big back in the 1950s. As people started living out in the Burbs they started to take a interest in entertainment. There was dancing, the T.V. and much more, but one big entertainer was sports. Baseball was rated number one, being the All American Game and it was then recently invented. The 50s was where a lot of our entertainment began.

  9. Gaby-2 Says:

    What new advances were made in communication during the 1950′s and how did this affect life?
    Diner’s club introduced credit cards in the 1950’s. American Express issued them in 1958. It affected life by eliminating the need to carry cash around everywhere.

    Another advance is the barcode. Woodland and Bernard Silver invented it in 1952. It was initially used to identify railroad cars. In 1966 they were bought in commercial use. But it was only in the 80’s that barcodes were commercially successful.

  10. Brian-2 Says:

    The baby boom started in 1946 and ended in 1964. 77.3 million Americans were born during this time period.

  11. Carolina - 4 Says:

    The Baby Boom began 1946 to 1964. When all the mens were coming home to there wifes. Also was the best time to start a family. There were 78-79 million babies born. During the baby Boom, it helped lead rises in the demand for consumer products.

  12. Javier-6 Says:

    No, because back in the 1950’s they didn’t have as many entertainment as we have today so I have to say no.

  13. Kassy-6 Says:

    I would have wanted to live in the Burbs because they were created in the 1950’s after World War II. They began as improvements such as the horse, cars, trolley, and railroad allowed people to live further from work. In the next century, the suburbs began to grow and become more popular.

  14. Bryan -6 Says:

    When the “burbs” were created men from the army were just starting to come home. Couples were getting married and that meant there would be more families needing houses. So they made a way to build houses a lot faster to meet the demand.

  15. McKenna Says:

    I would not want to live in the burbs, because they’re not as advanced as we are now. I would not want to listen to the radio or watch TV just to find out about stuff when I can just check my cell phone to find out about stuff or get in touch with someone.

  16. Fernando-6 Says:

    2) Would you have wanted to live in the burbs?

    I wouldn’t want to live in the Suburbs because it was nothing, but poor living in the “Burbs”. The Suburbs were divided by the rich and the poor. The rich lived on the outsides of the area and the poor or the suburbs lived in the center of the area, surrounded by the rich. Suburbs began in the 19th century as technological improvements such as the horse, car, trolley and railroad allowed people to live further from work. I would rather live on the rich outside because there as soon as World War II ended they started building affordable houses quickly for families.

  17. Gisselle-6 Says:

    What kind of technological innovations occurred during the 50′s? How did they affect life in the 1950′s?

    My answer:
    Well I know that the use of telephones affect the life because now people didn’t have to talk by mail.They could make house calls to doctors instead of running to the doctor saying that there sister sick and she cant get out of bed then have them run to there house . They could now use the phone to call the doctor and have the doctor run to their house.

  18. Hannah- 4 Says:

    “Would you have wanted to live in the burbs?”
    No I wouldn’t have wanted to live in the burbs because I like the time I’m in now.

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