Write a 500-750-word essay on the transformation of American society after WWII. Discuss important topics like suburbanization, the GI Bill, the automobile, and the effects of consumerism on society and gender spheres, racial experiences, and youth culture. Conclude your essay by answering the following question: What was the role of religion in post-WWII society? Use a minimum of three of the sources provided to support your assignment and be sure to cite the sources. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. This week you have a paper due on America after WWII. Remember this paper will focus on the time after WWII. You need to discuss each topic outlined in the syllabus, do not just pick one or two to discuss, but all (GI Bill, auto, suburbs, gender, race, youth, and religion). You should be addressing the time period of the 1945 to 1960. Do not discuss the 1920s, 30s, 60s or 70s in this paper. Do not incorporate any information from the DQs this week into your paper (you should not have any information on the Gilded or Victorian Eras, nor the New Deal). Although the syllabus states to conclude your essay by answering a question, this means you need to end your discussion with the answer. You must still include a conclusion that summarizes the main points in your paper. Do not add any new information in the conclusion. Please make sure you are following the GCU Style guide for formatting. Your textbook is only one source, even if you utilize different chapters within. As such you only need to list the textbook once on your reference page. Post-WWII society is the topic of your paper, and we have to pick where to end this, so for the sake of ease, we will end at 1960. When preparing for this paper, keep in mind that WWII set much in motion. During that war more African Americans moved into Northern cities (leading to the post-war “white flight” into the suburbs) where the jobs were, they also served in the military (in the sphere of white men), women also worked in male-dominated jobs. This time, more than after the First World War, those two groups resented going back to their spheres after the war, but they did for a while. When we think of the Civil Rights Movement, we think of the 1960s, but so much happened in the 1950s: Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Unlike most of the world, the US was wealthy after this war and rationing ended. On top of that, the GI Bill enabled millions to go to college and get a better job, and to finance those new houses in the suburbs. This was quite the change for a nation that went through the Great Depression, then emerged victorious (and comparatively undamaged) from the most devastating war of all time. You will need to cover the GI Bill, gender, and racial experiences (do not include any information on the time before and during the war) and end the body of your paper on the role of religion in post-WWII society. Remember you must have a conclusion that summarizes and does not add new information, so do not place the information on religion in your conclusion. With this you also need to cover suburbanization, the auto and youth. You should be able to blend the topic of suburbanization and the auto with the GI Bill. Then you should be able to transition from these into either gender or race, and from whichever you choose to move into the other (gender then race, or race then gender). With race you should give at least two events that happened with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s. After this discussion talk about youth, and then finally religion.
Questions to help with Assignment:
1. What changes came about because of the GI Bill? Did it impact suburbanization and higher education? Were the benefits of this Bill open to everyone who served in WWII? Why not? (Chapter 23-4b-The GI Bill pages 453-454, (Chapter 24-2b pages 471-473) Reference: Brinkley, A. (1997). The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People. Volume Two: From 1865. NYC: NY: McGraw-Hill.
2. What were/are gender spheres? Why were they challenged more following WWII than before? How did society and the government respond, and who promoted this? (Chapter 24-2c-Gendered Spheres pages 472-473) Reference: Brinkley, A. (1997). The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People. Volume Two: From 1865. NYC: NY: McGraw-Hill.
3. We usually think of the 60s when we think about the Civil Rights Movement. Briefly name two significant civil rights events that occurred in the 1950s and describe their significance. (If discussing Rosa Parks, do not use the textbook as the information is incorrect. Please use the additional source provided) Please note for your paper you will need at least two events during the 50s, and race discrimination with the GI Bill does not count for this section of the paper. (Chapter 24-4 pages 478-481) Parks Reference: Hampton, H and Fayer, S. (1991). Voices of Freedom: An oral history of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s. New York, NY: Bantam Books. After WWII Reference: Brinkley, A. (1997). The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People. Volume Two: From 1865. NYC: NY: McGraw-Hill.
How did the auto affect suburbanization? How did the government encourage the use of the automobile over public transportation? (Chapter 24-2b page 472) Reference: Brinkley, A. (2015). American history. NYC:NY:McGraw-Hill.
4. How did music shape the youth culture during the 1950s? Why is it perceived that youth during this time were more rebellious? Besides music what else was happening with youth at this time? Youth Reference: Brinkley, A. (2015). American history. NYC:NY:McGraw-Hill. After WWII Reference: Brinkley, A. (1997). The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People. Volume Two: From 1865. NYC: NY: McGraw-Hill.
5. How did the US demonstrate religion? Why did they do this? What two religious groups were included during this time, and what did they attempt to accomplish? (Chapter 24-2c-Religious Revival page 474)
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