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How has Rock and Roll Effected the American Economy Consider if you will the life of a teenager living in the 1940s The Great Depression was finally coming to an end but the memories of the rough times would scar its sufferers for a lifetime Caused by a number of serious weaknesses in the economy the depression saw a rapid decline in the production and sale of goods as well as a sudden severe rise in unemployment Businesses and banks closed their doors people lost their jobs homes and savings many people depended on charity to survive encarta Teenagers were given a tremendous amount of responsibility While their fathers were out doing what little work there was it wasnt unlikely for teens to be at home with their mothers doing housework or caring for younger siblings Life was less than easy and the emerging world war didnt make it any easier As the US became the last great nation to join the second global conflict of the century young men many of them in their late teens at their physical peak were sent out to the battlefield where about 274000 of them would die for their country editors of Time-Life books 29 The 50s brought about a tremendous change for the US Its no wonder that when rock and roll came to be in the mid 1950s encyclopedia Americana need page teenagers wrapped their arms around it The parents of these rock-loving teens were already fulfilling the American dream The average worker was earning and estimated 6500 by 1954 With paychecks fatter than ever more and more Americans began moving to the suburbs owning their own homes and vehicles as well as throwing and attending cocktail parties a popular pastime of young suburbanite couples The young middle class family happily kicked the frugal habits of the depression and war years and went on a buying spree Americans began filling their nests
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