A Nation in Transition (1950s-1963): Students will examine American cultural, economic, political, and societal developments following World War II.
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Analyze the increasing impact of television and mass media on the American home, politics, and economy.
Describe the emergence of a youth culture, including beatniks and the progression of popular music (from swing to rhythm and blues to rock ‘n’ roll), and the impact of Tennessee on the music industry, including the influence of B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Stax Records, and Sun Studio.
Describe domestic developments during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration, including advances in medicine and the creation of the Interstate Highway System.
Describe the growing influence of the automobile on American society, including the growth of: suburbia, fast food chains, and the hotel industry.
Analyze the impact of prosperity and consumerism in the 1950s, including: the growth of white-collar jobs, the “suburban ideal”, the impact of the G.I. Bill, and the increased reliance on foreign oil.