Social Studies - 2017-18

USII.8d - Changing Patterns of Society

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the economic, social, and political transformation of the United States and the world between the end of World War II and the present by

d)  describing the changing patterns of society, including expanded educational and economic opportunities for military veterans, women, and minorities.

Blooms Level: Remember

Adopted: 2008


Big Themes/Concepts: Equality, Technology

The debate surrounding individual rights and the role of government created political tension in the late 20th century. 

We are still fighting for human rights in America. 

A strong economy benefits all people. 


Changing patterns in American society since the end of World War II changed the way most Americans lived and worked.

What factors led to changing patterns of society in the post-World War II era?

What policies and programs expanded educational and employment opportunities for the military, women, and minorities?


Factors leading to changing patterns in United States society

·  Strong economy (healthy job market, increased productivity, increased demand for American products)

·  Greater investment in education

·  The “Baby Boom,” which led to changing demographics

·  Interstate highway system

·  Evolving role of women (expected to play a supporting role in the family while increasingly working outside the home)

·  Role of Eleanor Roosevelt in expanding human rights

·  African Americans’ aspirations for equal opportunities

Policies and programs expanding educational and employment opportunities

·  G.I. Bill of Rights gave educational, housing, and employment benefits to veterans.

·  Truman desegregated the armed forces.

Civil Rights legislation led to increased educational, economic, and political opportunities for women and minorities.

Make connections between the past and the present. (USII.1b)

Sequence events in United States history. (USII.1c)

Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives. (USII.1d)

Interpret slogans and documents. (USII.1h)


Baby Boom, demographics, Eleanor Roosevelt, G.I. Bill of Rights, Harry Truman

Updated: Aug 17, 2017