From the new frontier to the great society
Postwar : The affluent society Industries resumed production on a much larger scale than ever. 1944 : G.I.Bill : help veterans to buy homes and start business. New industries such as electronics, plastics, frozen, foods and jet aircraft : planes became booming businesses, cars. Population boom increased the number of consumers. Between 1950 & 1960 : the population of the US grew by about 28 million. Labor unions gained higher wages and other benefits for their members. Americans had more money to spend on goods, to buy houses : consumers society. Suburbia : a place where affluent people have their houses. Signs of affluence. But there are problems : it created segregation : Eisenhower had failed to provide more funding needed for education, economy and social programs. Personal income had reached all time highs. Split level house (living).
New Frontiers : politics ans social change in the 1960's : The new Frontier : Kennedy versus Nixon : L35-L37 p 23 : the presidential election of 1960 is important because it opposed Kennedy and Nixon. Nixon : was vice-president since 1952 under Eisenhower. Respected member of the Congress, very experience member, successful speaker but very agressive, manipulator. Kennedy : relatively experienced : no experience in Congress but he had a few assets : dynamic, a lot of money, glamourous man, War hero.
The New administration : « Let every nations know, whether it wishes us welll or ill, that we shallpay any price, bear and burden, meet any hardship, support, any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty. And so my fellow Americans : ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country » Kennedy inaugural Address on January 20, 1961. Great promess, hope. The youngest president in history proclamed the speech. Very important because everybody have the rights to have