America: The Story of Us - Superpower

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What was the U.S. population in 1945?
140,000,000
How much more did the average American family make than in Europe?
15 times
What were America's first highways?
Rivers
What President made it his mission to improve the roads?
President Eisenhower
What was the biggest engineering project in history?
The building of the interstate highway system which cost $129 billion.
By 1955, the U.S.A. was making what percentage of the world's automobiles?
80%
Why did many towns die?
The interstates bypassed towns.
In 1946, _________ baby was born every _________ seconds.
1,10
What was America's most famous postwar housing?
Levittown, NY
How much was the family home in today's money?
$8000 = $71,000
What "won" the South?
air conditioning
Who told the world in 1961 that America would put a man on the moon?
President John F. Kennedy
How many Americans worked strictly on Apollo 11?
400,000
How many Americans reached the moon?
24
What was the fault line that chained the nation?
Race
When did change occur for African Americans?
One million black Americans fight in WWII
What happened in July 1948?
President Truman desegregated the military
Who was the voice of the modern Civil Rights Movement?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What was passed a year after the March on Washington?
Civil Rights Act
What did the Manhattan Project develop?
Atomic bomb
What infiltrated the Manhattan Project?
Communist spies
When did the Soviets get the bomb?
1949
What were the drills done at school?
Duck and cover
1960 - The ______________ Incident: a US spy plane shot down over the USSR.
U2
1962 - ______________ Crisis over nuclear warheads in Cuba.
Cuban Missile
Why were congressional hearings set up?
To unmask communists in the government and the media