SSUSH21 c. Analyze the impact of technology on American life

 After WWII there was a baby boom which was
when there was a large increase of the number of
babies born
(mainly because the men were coming back from war)
 An estimated 76 million babies were born
 Also caused by couples who could not afford
families during the depression, but now could.
 The Levitt family started building suburban type
homes after WWII
Mortgage payments were cheaper than renting small apartments
in the city
Attracted couples looking to start a family
 More babies were being born so bigger homes were
 Families were needing more space in their homes
 Levittown consisted of 12,000 homes split into ten
Each neighborhood had a elementary school, pool, and playground
 The suburbs that were built were not built
near the big cities
Little public transportation for the suburban areas
Since more people were going to the suburbs because
of the baby boom, the needed ways to get around
 In 1956 over 41,000 miles of highways were
built for better transportation
 Television became a big part of American
People were able to follow the new stories like the
Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movements
A big source of entertainment and had an impact on
clothes and music
Commercials also helped with teenage consumerism
 70 million Americans tuned in to watch the first ever
presidential debate
 Richard Nixon was the Vice President and foreign
policy expert
 Kennedy had little experience that Nixon wanted to
 John F. Kennedy looked a lot more confident on TV
Seeing this confidence made voters want him to be president
 Television, magazines, and newspapers covered this
 Showing these boycotts and marches on television
kept the Civil Rights Movement on America’s mind
 Having it on TV helped people start supporting the
 Even though television was first introduced to the public in 1939, WW2
prevented it from being manufactured and distributed on a large scale
until after the war.
 True regular commercial network television programming didn’t being
in the U.S until 1948.
 The first electronic computers were developed in 1940-1945
and were originally the size of a large room and consumed lots
of energy.
 In the 1970s, people in educational or research institutions
had the opportunity for single-person use of a computer
system in interactive mode for extended durations.
 Personal computers at this time were very expensive and were
usually not used only by one person or family.
 Personal computers were often of interest to hobbyists and
 A cellular telephone is an electronic device used for two-way
radio telecommunication over a cellular network of base
stations known as cell sites.
 The first mobile telephone call was made from a car in St.
Louis, Missouri on June 17, 1946.
 Martin Cooper is considered to be the inventor of the first
practical mobile phone for handheld use. He and Bell Labs
were in a race for the first portable mobile phone.
 Cooper was a researcher and executive of Motorola.
 After these new advances in technology began,
communication among people in the United states
became easier.
 Telephone lines covered the country making it
possible for people on opposite sides of the nation to
communicate with each other.
 Computers were making it easier for academic
people to find information and share it with fellow
 Cell phones were making it more convenient to
always be in touch with anyone.

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