Effects Of Suburbanisation In The Late 40s

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Suburbanisation in the late 40s was the mass movement of middle-class white Americans from major cities to areas outside of these cities. It occurred for a number of different reasons; to house the generation of baby boomers who left cities overcrowded, to help people get way from the low quality of life in cities, to provide past soldiers with normalcy in a traditional home setting and because the suburbs were attractive, less expensive, had lower taxes and were seemingly the ideal place to raise a family. While men in the suburbs were content to cope with the conformity and banality after the dramatic horrors of war, women suffered greatly. Many had attended college and gotten degrees and many had entered the workforce during the Second World War to take over for the men. They were used to their own money and independence, and suburbanisation wasted their potential. They were confined to the role of housewives when they really had so much more to offer. Their aspirations were severely constrained, leading to boredom, isolation and eventually depression. The only way that suburbanisation expanded the aspirations of middle-class women was that they had more control in their home, but this is arguably a weak positivity. Suburbanisation was mainly due to a massive increase in population. After the Second World War ended in 1945, 12 million US troops arrived home. Living away from their families and engaging in the traumas of war gave them a deeper appreciation and

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