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6.01 The Fifties and Sixties

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6.01 The Fifties and Sixties

What did they gain in World War II?
After World War II, life changed considerably in the United States for people from different social classes and ethnic groups.

For this assignment, you will complete the chart below that details the post-World War II gains and struggles of veterans, women, and African Americans.

You will also use what you know to make reasonable predictions for each group. What struggles do you predict these groups will face in the decades to come?
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Indicate the following for each group:
•what they gained as a result of World War II
•what challenges they faced at the end of the war
•what progress they made in the years after the war
•your prediction of the struggles they would face in the following years
What did you learn?
What challenges did they face at the end of the war?
What progress did they make in the postwar period?
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Oldies But Happies
from the Xbox game
Jet Set Radio Future
What struggles might this group have in the decades to come?
The United States government derived the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, which is actually commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights, which is basically intended, by law, which was to help the persistent veterans to both protect and maintain a robust and durable task and even possibly purchasing a household with the usage of an accommodating a truncated interest loan. Also, this was also paid for the veteran’s schooling and even offering the veterans a chance to go and get a possibly better occupation.
For women, millions of them actually arrived in the area in the combat and confrontations. Also, a bulk of the women that worked in professions were originally made for men. Another fact is actually that the average working woman earned only 63% of what a man made back in 1963.
African Americans
For music, on catalogs.com, the top 10 African American musicians that were in the 1950s were Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, and the number one African American musician who was in the 1950s was the one and only Ella Fitzgerald.


In sports, Joe “The Jet” Perry was the first African American to be named the NFL’s MVP in 1954, and he also held the NFL’s career rushing record for five years. Even though he was signed into the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, but Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the majors, and had a movie about him called “The Jackie Robinson Story”, which was in May of 1950.

The soldiers were faced with the challenges of the PTSD, which is short for the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is a psychological health condition that can actually elicited by either experiencing a petrifying occasion or being a witness to a disturbing happening. So basically, after the war, the soldiers were facing with mental illnesses in their lives because of the war and that actually caused them to live both disturbingly and awkwardly.
After the war was finally over, there were a lot of new prospects that women could be gaining from all of the men leaving to combat actually stopped for women. In fact, more than about two million women actually had lost their employments due to this.
African Americans
When the African Americans came back home after the war was over, the African Americans were actually facing with discrimination. On the other hand, it is was actually the African Americans who started to fight and attack more powerfully and penetratingly so that they, still meaning the African Americans, can have their human/civil rights, their own privileges, and even to make segregation expire.
Since the war was over, veterans were able to receive new professions and were able to maintain a steady life. Also, with thanks to the GI Bill of Rights, the veterans were then able to start a new life that is far from the battleground.
Years later, well years after the war, there were many women that were actually jobless and that, in my opinion, was actually the start that women were simple housewives and mothers, and probably, also in my opinion, where the start doing jokes about housewives. The women were really struggling to fight for equality and demanded an equal rights amendment to the constitution. Speaking about housewives fighting for equality, here is a clip from Everybody Loves Raymond’s Season 4, Episode 2, “The Can Opener”.
African Americans
For the African Americans, there were new grounds that were being covered for them, but mostly in humanities, music and sports to be specific. This also was basically a very considerable momentum for the African Americans in terms of both freedom and equal rights.
One of the problems for the veterans, since they are coming back home, would probably be being out of work or out of commission. Also, there were no places to live for them thanks to the government, who actually “could not be able to afford it”, which was a very challenging issue for the veterans that are unable to purchase a household.
There was still a lot of ethnic humiliation that was really against the women. The women were treated appallingly and dreadfully by the men, hence the video you saw a while ago, and even by any higher order since they were not even taking this issue with the women seriously.
African Americans
For the African Americans, the tensions that were only racial actually rose very swiftly and the fight for equivalence and egalitarianism, which is a trend of thought in political philosophy that basically favors equality, actually became more penetrating. The African Americans began to come upon tougher encounters as they, the African Americans, will try and gain their own human/civil rights and as well as freedom.
By: "Lew" Sterling Jr.
Why Do Kids Grow Up
by Randy & The Rainbows
Made in: 1963
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