This is what you need to teach the economic component of the 1950's. A 32 -slide power point explains why and how America became an affluent society from 1945 to 1960. It covers the advent of television and its social impact, the migration to the suburbs, the baby boom, consumerism, and government spending on the interstate system and defense industry. The last two slides provide a big picture of the failures and problems of the 1950's and are a segue into the 1960's. The visuals and charts enhance the text and can serve as starters for discussions and essays. The unit also includes a vocabulary list of terms in the power point and five essay questions that can be used for assessment and/or research projects.