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The Expanding Labor Force after World War II

Author and New York Times economics reporter Jim Tankersley talked about the impact that World War II had on expanding employment opportunities for women and African Americans. He also discussed the role that this expansion served in promoting economic growth and growing the middle class.

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Author and New York Times economics reporter Jim Tankersley talked about the impact that the end of World War II had on expanding employment opportunities for women and African Americans. He also discussed the role that this expansion served in promoting economic growth and growing the middle class.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How did World War II affect the role of women in the labor force?
  • Explain how the number of women in the work force changed during the post-war period.
  • According to Jim Tankersley, how does this conflict with the general assumptions about the labor force in the 1950s and 1960s?
  • Why were additional workers needed during this time?
  • Why did the African American labor force change during the post-war period?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Civil Rights Era
    • Labor Force
    • Leave It To Beaver
    • Middle Class
    • Post-war
    • Suburbs
    • World War Ii

    Topics

    Economics & Financial LiteracyU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity