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After US involvement in World War II, the nation experienced an enormous growth period with varying long lasting effects and, as a direct result, ended a period of overall economic stagnation. As the US economy grew, new doors to growth and development in all areas of life also opened.

James S. Thomas and his family watch television in the living room of their home in Vienna, Virginia. Taken from the pamphlet: Television-Promise and Problem

James S. Thomas and his family watch television in the living room of their home in Vienna, Virginia. Taken from the pamphlet: Television-Promise and Problem

Families increased in size with a massive baby boom as World War veterans returned home and settled down to have families. Suburban living was constructed to house the increasing American population, and the Interstate Highway System helped expand the nation with a lifeline of connections for military and civilian use. Industry after the war also flourished, especially the automotive industry, as many factories for wartime production shifted focus to be used for commercial automotive purposes.

It is during this time, in the post-war years, that the stereotypical, ever-perpetuated American Dream of a happy family with two and a half kids, a house with a white picket fence, and a dog arose in the public eye.

This site serves to provide some historical evidence as to why United States involvement in World War II and its post war success was a primary cause that helped propel the United States into a vastly different landscape, forever changing the national environment.

It covers a variety of topics, focusing mainly on the introduction of the Interstate Highway System, the growth of American suburbia, and the development of post-war industry.