The Post War Era Essay

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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 society, his struggles snowball and create struggles with the family identity and the national identity. History illustrates how centuries ago humans were hunters, who turned into farmers, who turned into producers, and who will become something new as time ticks away in a watch. This demonstrates how the identity of individuals change in order to accommodate new demands, and this is what we call progress. The Post-war era was no different. Once individuals found their purpose in society, they create progress in society. Once the family identity is achieved and each family in society found their purpose, a greater America arose. Consequently, as the individual and the family identity were identified, and their purpose in society was found, the nation geared to its purpose: an atomic super power. Certainly, in the Post-war period as identities changed, conflict arose; however, these conflicts created progress by establishing the foundation for a new era.

Richard Yates introduces how individuals seek their personal identity during the post-war era through Frank Wheeler’s character in Revolutionary Road. Frank is a United States Veteran in suburban Connecticut who knew his place and purpose in society before and during...

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