H Unit 6- Social Transformation in United States

Content Statements Addressed

  • H  CS 29, H CS 30, H CS 31
  • 2 Weeks of Instruction

Learning Targets

  1. Describe how American life in the postwar period was impacted by the postwar economic boom and by advances in science
  2. Analyze the social and political effects of the continuing population flow from cities to suburbs, the internal migrations from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt, and the increase in immigration resulting from passage of the 1965 Immigration Act
  3. Explain why the government’s role in the economy, environmental protection, social welfare and national security became the topic of political debates between 1945 and 1994.



  • Arms Race
  • Television
  • Baby Boom
  • Advertising
  • Transistor
  • Integrated Circuit
  • Vaccine
  • Jonas Salk
  • Interstate Highway System
  • Rust Belt/Sunbelt
  • Liberalism
  • Conservatism


Learning Strategies

  • Compare the use of advertising in the 1950s with its use in the 1920s.
  • Provide examples of advertising and have students reflect on the methods used to induce consumer spending.
  • Elaborate on how the following advances in science following the war impacted American life. Examples include:

 Medicine (e.g., polio vaccine, birth control pill, artificial heart valve, open-heart bypass, organ    transplant, genetic engineering);

 Communication (e.g., transistor, television, computers, Internet, mobile phones);

 Nuclear energy (e.g., atomic weapons, nuclear power plants); and

 Transportation (e.g., passenger jet airplanes, catalytic converters in cars).


  • Students will examine the perspectives of the conservative and liberal positions on the role of the government in the economy. Identify presidential policies that adhered to these views and evaluate their outcomes.



Diverse Learners Strategies

  • Identify five significant innovations or inventions of the era.