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Material covered in The Age of Great Dreams can be drawn from the title it covers issues that were at the forefront of the 1960s The book details American growth after World War 2 civil rights the Vietnam War and the organization of students Unlike other books about the 1960s Farber does not focus on a single point but rather gives a general overview of major events and movements of the 1960s Farber begins by detailing the financial growth of the United States The conclusion of World War 2 brought great riches to the United States Soldiers came home and started families these families lead to the baby boom Unlike wars in the past America maintained the level of economic superiority it demonstrated during the war Business was alive and flourishing An abundance of money and goods led to the creation of suburbs Families fled the big cities for smaller neighborhoods where the goal was to be like everyone else and strive for the easy life as presented by the newly created television Refrigerators washers and dryers automatic dishwashers television sets and automobiles were in abundance and affordable for the average family to own Quickly the suburbs began to take on a similar look individuality was on the decrease while conformity was on the rise While the whites of the north enjoyed a golden age the blacks of the south were still fighting for their freedom African-Americans in the United States had their freedom but they were fighting separatists attitudes Segregation was a normal part of life in the south Blacks had their own schools neighborhoods churches they were not permitted on the premises of all white facilities nor could they even share the same part of a bus with whites The blacks had their freedom but they were not free Rising out of the racism were several African-American groups The largest and most influential was the NAACP Nation Association for the
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