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Nation of Nations A Concise Narrative of the American Republic Book Cover Image
Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, 3/e
James West Davidson, Historian
William E. Gienapp, Harvard University
Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware
Mark H. Lytle, Bard College
Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas, Austin

The Suburban Era (1945-1963)

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Explain how mass automobility affected 1950s American lifestyles.

Discuss the impact on suburban living of organizations and the pressures for conformity.

Distinguish Eisenhower's "modern Republicanism" from both New Deal liberalism and Taft conservatism.

Compare the Eisenhower-Dulles "New Look" approach to the Cold War with Truman's concept of containment.

Explain how the emergence of a teen culture contributed to the debate over the values of American culture.

Explain how Kennedy's cold war foreign policy led to crises in Cuba and Vietnam before Soviet-American tensions eased.