The 1940s changed through just about everything: war, technology, and presidents. After the great depression in the 1920s the American Dream went in a new direction and began the postmodernist era. The American Dream in the 1950s was different from the American Dream in the 1940s because of the culture and by many factors throughout the twenty year span like government, technology, war, and women's rights.
The 1920s and 1930s were an extremely hard time. War, Great Depression, and illnesses spread throughout America. Even with all that tumbling the great people of this country, the American Dream lived on. The American Dream in the 1920s started at the immigrants who left their lives back in their home country to live their dream in America. Some of their dreams and reason why they came to america was for more freedom (Destination). They knew that America was the land of opportunity. They could easily find work and free land (DeLorenzo). Many were not welcomed in their country because a certain ethnic group or religion. America was there only choice to be free (Destination). Other than immigrants Americans were searching for their own identity. Many just barely surviving the great depression, they were now searching for steady jobs and wanting to become rich (American 2). Thats the Americans dream to become rich. They wanted to provide for their families. The great men of America tried to do all that while transitioning out of the great depression.
Early in the 1940s, World War Two was just starting and The government wanted everyone involved. The American Dream in the early 1940s was all about the war. Society was entwined with the war. The government used propaganda to persuade and encourage the American “Home-Front”. They used as much advertising as they could for citizens to either join the war or support the war. They did everything even the poor could support the war buying war bonds (Ultra). Companies joined effort to support the war as well. Companies like Ford that would spend all their time making cars for the people would be making jeeps and tanks for the army after President FDR banned car companies for making automobiles for the people (Ford). They truly had no choice in supporting the war. Everyone made sure our soldiers were took care of well whether they were for the war or against it. During the war the was a rationing where American households cut back on food so they could send that food to the troops overseas (World). America wanted to win so bad and the “Home-Front” did everything they could to accomplish that goal.
Woman always had to fight for their rights. Leading up to the 1920s they couldn't even vote. Some people thought that women were not meant for any real responsibilities and were only good for cooking and cleaning. Only a few jobs had woman in the working field for World War Two and the ones that did, woman got payed less than men (Understand). Most women were just stay at home moms until World War Two. Now that...