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1 The Collision Of Cultures
2 Britain And Its Colonies
3 Colonial Ways Of Life
4 The Imperial Perspective
5 From Empire To Independence
6 The American Revolution
7 Shaping A Federal Union
8 The Federalist Era
9 The Early Republic
10 Nationalism And Sectionalism
11 The Jacksonian Impulse
12 The Dynamics Of Growth
13 An American Renaissance: Religion, Romanticism, And Reform
14 Manifest Destiny
15 The Old South
16 The Crisis Of Union
17 The War Of The Union
18 Reconstruction: North And South
19 New Frontiers: South And West
20 Big Business And Organized Labor
21 The Emergence Of Urban America
22 Gilded-age Politics And Agrarian Revolt
23 An American Empire
24 The Progressive Era
25 America And The Great War
26 The Modern Temper
27 Republican Resurgence And Decline
28 New Deal America
29 From Isolation To Global War
30 The Second World War
31 The Fair Deal And Containment
32 Through The Picture Window: Society And Culture, 1945–1960
33 Conflict And Deadlock: The Eisenhower Years
34 New Frontiers: Politics And Social Change In The 1960s
35 Rebellion And Reaction In The 1960s And 1970s
36 A Conservative Insurgency
37 Triumph And Tragedy: America At The Turn Of The Century

Chapter 32: Through The Picture Window: Society And Culture, 1945–1960

Study Plan

Consider the following questions as a framework to begin your study of Chapter 32:

  1. Account for the emergence of a consumer culture in the prosperous postwar era.
  2. Describe the growth of suburban America after World War II.
  3. Illustrate the widespread conformity in American culture in the 1950s.
  4. Describe the youth culture of the 1950s.
  5. Understand the ideas of the major critics of conformity.
  6. Explain the artistic and literary dissent beginning in the 1950s.


  1. Read this chapter in your textbook or the eBook.
  2. Print-out the chapter outline and check items that your instructor covered in class. Then read the text closely to better understand the topic.
  3. Access the iMaps for this chapter. Use the menus to view only the information you want to see as you study the geography and historical events represented on each map.

    After reviewing the map, click the GeoQuiz link!


  1. Take the Multiple Choice and True / False quizzes. You can mail the results to your instructor’s Gradebook and keep track of your progress in your student Gradebook.
  2. Master the key events and terms for this chapter by working through the deck of FlashCards. You can even shuffle cards from earlier chapters if you’re trying to study for a test.
  3. Click the Chrono-Sequencer and match the dates and events.
  4. Printout the Map Worksheets for this chapter and reconnect the labels offline.
  5. Generate a Progress Report and fill out the items that you have completed thus far. This report can also be sent to your Gradebook or to your instructor.

Connect - Topics for Research

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