From the 1950s to the 1970s
The economic boom of the post-World War II years meant material prosperity for most Hoosiers. Washing machines, televisions and two-car garages became part of the middle class dream. Just as car production was fueling Indiana's postwar economy, the product itself was changing the landscape and the way Hoosiers lived.
Other changes in society would also occur in this time period. Black veterans, joined by other Hoosiers, became the foot soldiers in the fight against discrimination which, by the 1960s, became the Civil Rights Movement.
Nearing the end of the 20th century, America and Indiana would again face economic hardships as global competition affected lives. Hoosiers worked to maintain their traditional way of life while still attracting the newest industries that would sustain them into the future.
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Grade 4: 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.16, 1.17, 3.8, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.7
USH: 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.6, 7.7, 8.1, 8.2, 8.6, 8.9