The American economy had begun to prosper after WWII. Government spending would contribute to economic expansion with investments to strengthen its military, support its veterans,and distribute funds for construction engineering. (A&E Television Network, LLC., 2015) Addition government spending would provide food stamps, medicare, and assistance to further education through grants and other incentives. (U.S. Department of State, 2015) With the wealth of nation strengthening, consumer spending increased. Americans began to by homes in the suburbs and many were eager to start families, giving rise to the era of the “baby boomers”. (A&E Television Network, LLC., 2015) By 1960, nearly half of the population were under the age of 18, which would further influence consumer spending. (Oregon Public Broadcasting, 2005) In the meantime, the United States was troubled by the Cold War in an arms race with the Soviet Union for military supremacy. In 1954, conflicts between the United States and Russia would begin to influence the ongoings in Vietnam. (Oregon Public Broadcasting, 2005) With the spread of communism threatening free nations, United States would soon engage in a second war, known by many as the Vietnam War. The toils of war would affect the American nation, economically, politically, and socially.
The Cold War contributed to many new inventions, and when the color television hit the market nearl...
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...tal practices. Hippies often lived in groups or communes and traveled about like gypsies. A commonly chosen vehicle amongst hippies was the VW bus, often painted with colorful graphics, and many with the peace sign, which became the official logo for hippies. (Mortal Journey, 2010-2014) Hitchhiking was also a common way for hippies to travel to and from major events taking place throughout the nation, such as, the Summer of Love and Woodstock, and was a way to meet new people and developing friendships.
The hippy counterculture spread quickly, especially, by way of music and various arts, including fashion. This new culture of peace and love would spread well beyond the boarders of America. Hippy movements would disseminate to places such as, the United Kingdom, Europe, Germany, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Brazil and many other countries.
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