Social Studies - 2019-20

USII.9b - New Technologies

The student will apply social science skills to understand the key domestic and international issues during the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries by

b) describing the development of new technologies in communication, entertainment, and business and their impact on American life;

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 period following World War II leading up to the early twenty-first century marked the “information age.” New technologies in communication, entertainment, and business dramatically changed American life.


Industries benefiting from new technologies

 Airline industry (jet engine)

 Automobile industry and interstate highway system

 Mining industry

 Entertainment and news media industries

 Exploration of space

 Computer industry

 Satellite systems, telecommunications industry

 Internet, social media

Impact of new technologies on American life

 Increased domestic and international travel for business and pleasure

 Greater access to news and other information

 Cheaper and more convenient means of communication

 Greater access to heating and air-conditioning improved the quality of life and encouraged population growth in certain areas of the country

 Decreased regional variation resulting from nationwide access to the same entertainment and information provided by national television and radio programming, Internet services, and computer games


Updated: Jul 02, 2019