Chapter 6: Suburban Utopia: The Postwar Middle-Class Fantasy

  • Key point: The postwar economic boom and growth of new suburbs seemed evidence that middle-class lifestyle was a reward available to all after years of struggle
  • The American Dream would be realized through a happy home life, rather than expansive wealth
  • After the War’s end celebrity magazines highlighted domesticity: happy marriages, beautiful children, and modest yet comfortable homes that seemed attainable for all Americans
  • Female celebrities stressed their deference to their husbands’ careers and wishes, challenging the images of feminist independence during wartime
  • Once considered the biggest cheerleader of American values, Hollywood came under suspicion by the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
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