President Eisenhower’s Influence 1) America in the 1950’s is referred to as “The Affluent Society.” What does that mean specifically? 2) Who was excluded from this “promise” of success in America and how do the issues of race, gender, and class play out here? 3) How is this seen across what’s called the “consumer culture,” in the rise of the suburbs, use of land and resources, and in the popular culture? 4) The 1950’s was a time when everyone supposedly liked Ike (President Eisenhower). Why was this? 5) What was President Eisenhower’s approach to the Cold War? 6) What were the roots of the Vietnam Conflict? 7) What did Eisenhower mean in his Farewell Address in 1961 by the phrase “military industrial complex” and what were his warnings? 8) Have these warnings come to pass? In what ways (what are examples)?
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