The Booming Fifties

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The Baby Boom:
 Many were afraid of nuclear war, but confident with
  post-war prosperity.
 Hundreds of thousands of veterans returned home and
  started families.
 Those born during this period are known as “baby
  boomers”.
 As these children grew up, society had to cope with
  their numbers. (1950’s: new schools, 1960’s: more
  university spots, 1980’s: more houses, 2000’s:
  retirement homes and health care!)
 Consumer culture took advantage of boomers and
  marketed them toys, child-care products, etc.

Consumer Society
 War industry adapted to produce new consumer goods.
 The prosperity cycle brought more products, jobs, and
  MONEY to Canadians.

Corporate America
 Canadian & American economies moving closer
  together.
 Branch plants being made in Canada (profit and talents
  drawn to the US)
 Some began to worry about US domination of the
  Canadian economy.
Suburbia
 With new cars and increased population, urban planners
  were worried about overcrowding and traffic
  congestion.
 Planned communities were created in the outskirts (or
  suburbs) of major cities.
 They had lots of parks, schools and libraries, curved
  streets, etc.
 More recently contributes to urban sprawl and BORED
  TEENAGERS.

The Teenager!
 For earlier generations, adulthood started immediately
  after high school.
 With more prosperity and increased university
  enrollment, Canadians between the ages of 13 and 19
  now saw themselves as a distinct group.
 Teenagers rebelled against conservative society (they
  played sports on weekends, wore jeans to school, and
  girls wore short pants in public)
 “Generation gap”: gap in understanding between
  parents and their teenagers.
 For all their rebellion, teenagers were terrified of not
  being in the ‘in-crowd’, so they copied the crowd to fit
  in (hipsters, rockers/hoods, beatniks, squares, teeny-
  boppers).

				
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