Yes, it was affluent
- 17 million more jobs.
- Wages more than doubled.
- Rise in mechanisation; eliminated 1.5 million blue collar jobs.
- 1956, white collar jobs outnumbered blue collar jobs.
- Redistribution of income; fell for top 5% but rose for the bottom 40%
- 1947-1960, real wages increased more in 13 years than they had in the previous 50.
- 60% of Americans were middle class.
- Middle class earned 70% of income for the country.
- 75% owned a car, 75% owned a washer, 87% owned a TV.
- Use of electricity tripled
- 1955, Disneyland opened
- Interstate highways, fast food restaurants, shopping malls.
- Highest aferage standard of living in the world
- Search for security following war and depression using materialism.
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No, it wasn't affluent.
- Middle class status was achieved through debt, loans and the birth of the credit card.
- Not everyone was welcome in the affluent suburbs; ethnic minorities were left in the cities.
- No money spent on rebuilding or improving cities; 13 million homes built, 11 million of which were in the suburbs.
- Southern states were noticeably poorer than the industrial north.
- 1959, 40 million Americans were said to be living below the poverty line.
- Older people didn't benefit; no old age pension or natoinal health service
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