By Jean-Christophe Agnew, Roy Rosenzweig

A spouse to Post-1945 the US is an unique choice of 34 essays by means of key students at the historical past and historiography of Post-1945 America.

  • Covers society and tradition, humans and hobbies, politics and overseas policy
  • Surveys and evaluates the easiest scholarship on each very important period and topic
  • Includes e-book overview part on crucial readings

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Yet in stark contrast to white women, says Jones, married black women were much more likely to work than their white “sisters,” as “work seemed to form an integral part of the [black] female role” (Jones, 1985, pp. 261, 269). Andrew Billingsley’s Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, published in 1992, considered the impact of these and other changes on the entire class structure of African Americans since World War II. Where Jones emphasized the profound influence of racism on gender roles in family life, Billingsley analyzed the long-term effects on family structure of deindustrialization and the simultaneous expansion of the black middle class.

Low property taxes, antiunion right-to-work laws, and cheap land, in addition to federal military-industrial investment, provided the structural basis for a postwar industrial boomlet in many parts of the region (Abbott, 1981; Lotchin, 1992; Self, forthcoming-b). The decentralization of industry, massive federal and state expenditures on road improvement and highway construction, and the sprawl of housing all converged to remake the commercial landscapes of metropolitan America. Downtown shopping districts declined as investors turned to suburban sites.

The Way We Never Were (1992) was written to counter a pervasive cultural myth that the 1950s were years when the lived experience of the majority of Americans approximated the televised rendering of the family circle. Coontz not only exposed the falseness of this image but documented the social costs of nurturing its memory. As a result of this “nostalgia trap,” as she called it, girls and boys came of age during the 1960s and afterward believing that the average family has two parents, that the father is the family’s sole provider, and that the mother devotes herself exclusively to housework and childrearing, which consist of cooking hearty meals, attending PTA meetings, dispensing timely advice to her children and consolation when they meet with disappointment.

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