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;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
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.