1950´s: American dream

In the 1950s the United States experienced considerable economic growth with an increase in manufacturing and home construction. The country was both socially and politically conservative and highly materialistic in nature. Automobiles once again rolled off the factories of the Big Three: Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. The construction of thousands of miles of high-speed roads made living farther from work a possibility. Families that had delayed having additional children for years no longer waited, and the nation enjoyed a postwar baby boom. For millions of Americans in the 1950s, the American Dream became a reality. Within their reach was the chance to have a house on their own land, a car, a dog, and 2-3 kids.