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Ch 19 US history vocab

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demobilization
The postwar process of dismissing the troops from military service and dismantling the war machine
GI bill of rights
Law Passed in 1944 to help returning veterans buy homes and pay for higher education
baby boom
the larger than expected generation in United States born shortly after World War II
productivity
the quality of being productive or having the power to produce
Taft-harley act
(1947) Forbids closed shop, permits states to bar union shop, allow temporary injunctions of strikes affecting national welfare
fair deal
An economic extension of the New Deal proposed by Harry Truman that called for higher minimum wage, housing and full employment. It led only to the Housing Act of 1949 and the Social Security Act of 1950 due to opposition in congress.
interstate highway act
1956 Eisenhower 20 yr plan to build 41,000 mi of highway, largest public works project in history
sunbelt
The southern and southwestern states, from the Carolinas to California, characterized by warm climate and recently, rapid population growth
service sector
The sector of the economy that provides services--such as health care, banking, and education--contrast to the sector that produces goods.
information industry
businesses that provide informational services. In this industry one example are those who built or operated the first computers.
franchise business
allows a company to distribute its products or services through retail outlets owned by independent operators.
multinational corporation
An organization that manufactures and markets products in many different countries and has multinational stock ownership and multinational management
AFL-CIO
1955 two larger labor unions united. American Federation Labor- Congress of Industerial Organization.
california master plan
called for three tiers of higher education: research universities, state colleges, and community colleges, all of which were to be accessible to all of the state's citizens.
consumerism
concentration on producing and distributing goods for a market which must constantly be enlarged
median family income
measure of average famuly income. One reason Americans spent more was that they had more money to spend. During the 1950s, median family income or average family income rose from $3,319 to $5,417. The average American family now had twice as much real income as the average family had during the prosperous years of the 1920s.
median family income
measure of average famuly income. One reason Americans spent more was that they had more money to spend. During the 1950s, median family income or average family income rose from $3,319 to $5,417. The average American family now had twice as much real income as the average family had during the prosperous years of the 1920s.
nuclear family
a family consisting of parents and their children and grandparents of a marital partner
rock and roll
the combo of white country and western music, with black rhythm and blues, with a strong, steady beat to form a new type of music. It became popular with teens in the 1950's and caused generational tensions
beatnik
Those members of the Beat Generation using unconventional dress, manners, and behavior as a way of social protest.
inner city
the older and more populated and (usually) poorer central section of a city
urban renewal
Program in which cities identify blighted inner-city neighborhoods, acquire the properties from private members, relocate the residents and businesses, clear the site, build new roads and utilities, and turn the land over to private developers.
termination policy
1953 gov eliminated economic support for native americans, stopped reservation system, redistributed tribal support