Social Studies - 2019-20

USII.8d - Changing Patterns of U.S. Society

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

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

Adopted: 2015


Racial, gender, and socioeconomic inequalities were addressed by individuals, groups, and organizations.  Varying political philosophies prompted debates over the role of the federal government in regulating the economy and providing a social safety net.

Is there one American experience?


The United States experienced an economic boom and social transformation after World War II that changed the way most Americans lived and worked.


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 so Americans would have the ability to compete globally (National Defense Education Act)

 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)

 Large number of women entering the labor force

 Expansion of human rights

 African Americans’ aspirations for equal opportunities

Policies and programs expanding educational and employment opportunities

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

 Harry S. Truman desegregated the armed forces.

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


Updated: Jul 02, 2019