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    1950s vs. Today: Governmental and Eonomic differences

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    1. Describe two fundamental differences, one governmental and one economic, between the 1950s and today.

    2. Briefly discuss one reason why these differences promoted a period of relative stability in 1950s American family life.

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    1. Describe two fundamental differences, one governmental and one economic, between the 1950s and today. Briefly discuss one reason why these differences promoted a period of relative stability in 1950s American family life.

    1. Political: Marxist ideology leads to a "middle class" emerging
    Traditionally, the working class has been poorly protected from exploitation by a numerically small elite ruling class. This situation remains today in most non-industrialized countries. The political trends of the 20th Century, which were strongly influenced by Marxist ideology, substantially changed this imbalance. For the first time, in the 1950s a concept emerged that workers had a substantial economic stake in their society and that they could personally benefit from their work efforts. A "middle class" began to emerge. This was particularly true in the United States during the post-World War II era where median income levels doubled during a 15-year period. Richer and poorer Americans were closer together throughout the 1950s and 1960s and some observers at the time thought class segregation had ended (Source: http://www.newsbatch.com/econ.htm).
    The rise of the middle class and job security (i.e., higher incomes as well) meant greater stability in the family. It is well documented that that poverty creates all kinds of problems of families (poor health, drug abuse, increased mental illness, ...

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    Describes two fundamental differences, one governmental and one economic, between the 1950s and today. It also briefly discusses one reason why these differences promoted a period of relative stability in 1950s American family life. References are provided.

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