Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is part of a PBS series, narrated by journalist Bill Moyers, that looks at some of the most influential ideas, events, and people of the 20th century. This program studies the years following World War II, which saw monumental changes in American society. The suburbs were born, causing a mass migration from cities and small towns to the new American promised land. The roles of men and women were in transition, and fears of a communist takeover sparked the McCarthy hearings before Congress. Archival film footage chronicles the postwar era that led up to the revolutionary 1960s.