During the 1950s the United States experienced a period of rapid economic, industrial and population growth. After World War II, the United States came out a prosperous country. Workers had earned good money in the military and returned rejoining their spouses or marrying their sweethearts, ready to set up households and buy consumer goods. The birthrate increased drastically and a new generation was born and tagged the “baby boom.”
With all these new families just starting out, they decided to move away of the cities and out to the newly developed peaceful countryside, the suburbs. Along with all these newly build single-family homes families also needed cars and appliances, fueling the manufacturing industry.
People needed larger houses for larger families, cars to get to and from their destinations and finally appliances to cook and keep things cold. Supply and demand is a major part of our countries culture, therefore with the large demand for manufactured products, it started an enormous consumer culture, like never seen before in the United States. Additionally, all the men who returned home from the war needed jobs, thus the demand for innovation and the “latest and greatest” goods and services created an enormous need for a workforce. As a result of all of this, the middle class began to grow fast and eventually resulting in an economic “boom.”