The Era of the Postwar Social Contract, 1947–1973
The quarter century after World War II proved to be the most prosperous period in U.S. history. For most of that period the U.S. economy dominated world markets and its rising productivity raised the income of most citizens. The car in every garage and chicken in every pot that Herbert Hoover had promised voters on the eve of the Great Depression became by the 1960s sometimes more than one car in a multiple-car garage and a beef steak on every grill. Public policies and rising incomes created a suburban nation in which a majority of families and individuals, including most better-paid workers, owned their residences.
KeywordsCollective Bargaining Public Employee Labor Movement Union Leader Black Worker
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