The Post-War Era

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The Second World War concluded and the United States became the single most powerful nation in the western world. American history explains the participation of America in the international arena effectively, but when it comes to the domestic arena much is excluded. History has deprived new generations from being able to acknowledge the essential changes that took place within the United States during the Post-war era. The most common struggle during this time period was the return of American veterans to home ground. Millions of men returned to their hometowns and newly developed cities to settle down and create a family. However, these men were soldiers and pre-war students, but did not have a set place within the Post-war era society, therefore creating distress and struggle. Additionally, within the country’s boundaries over a hundred thousand Japanese-Americans were liberated from internment camps and prisons. These Japanese immigrants and descendants had been imprisoned for two years or more because of an anti-Japanese movement that took place during World War II. Generally, after the war the American society as a whole was in a shift to integrate itself to new demands, and this, as any other period of change is “interesting” (Goulden 6). In this time period of the post-war era we are able to see how identity for a new era is created. According to the Oxford American Dictionary, identity is the fact of who or what a person or something is. Thus, the identity of a person is relative to what a person finds himself able to do or be within the environment that surrounds him. Identity, which makes up a character of society, is the initial foundation to society as a whole. Since the individual is the principal foundation of so... ... middle of paper ... ...that took place within the era, we would not have had a presidential election in which a women and an African-American battled for control of the American nation and its colossal power. Plainly, America rose like a phoenix from the ashes thanks to the post-war years. Works Cited Goulden, Joseph C. The Best Years 1945-1950. New York, NY: McCellan and Stewart Ld., 1976. Henthorn, Cynthia Lee. From Submarines to Suburbs: Selling a Better America, 1939- 1959. Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2006. Print. Hayden, Dolores. Redesigning the American Dream: The Future of Housing, Work, and Family life. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 1984. Kaplan, Fred. 1959. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009. Print. Okada, John. No-No Boy. New York: University of Washington, 1978. Yates, John. Revolutionary Road. New York, NY: Vintage Contemporaries, 1989.
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