Social Studies - 2019-20

USII.8b - Post World War II America

The student will apply social science skills to understand the economic, social, and political transformation of the United States and the world between the end of World War II and the present by

b) describing the conversion from a wartime to a peacetime economy;

Adopted: 2015


The diplomatic tension of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union after WWII shaped the role of the United States as a global leader in the modern world. The impact of the Cold War was felt in the day to day activities of American citizens.

What forces shaped US foreign policy after World War II?

How did the Cold War shape modern American society?


The economic, social, and political climate of the United States changed after World War II because of the development of new technologies, changes in mass media, and growth of mass markets.


Reasons for rapid growth of the American economy following World War II

 With rationing of consumer goods over, businesses converted from production of war materials to consumer goods.

 Americans purchased goods on credit.

 The work force shifted back to men, and most women returned full time to family responsibilities.

 Labor unions merged and became more powerful; workers gained new benefits and higher salaries.


Updated: Jul 02, 2019