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The 1950s Traditional Family: Husband, Wife, & 2 Children
In the post-war years, an entire generation marched en masse into a tidal wave of marriage, babies, and family building. Tough, brave, independent returning G.I.s were getting married, starting families, pursuing higher education, and buying their first homes. This image of the good life was promoted during the war: the vision of marriage, children, and a dream house was reinforced ceaselessly in public reference, imagined dreamily by youthful suitors, and extolled in the popular media. A woman felt great pressure to be married by her early 20s or else be considered lonely later in life. The war that had prevented couples from starting families was followed by a sharp rise in the U.S. birth rate. The men came back, got jobs in the workplace again, and women let their husbands be the breadwinners.
The success and stability of the traditional nuclear family was central to the newfound Social Ethic that had replaced the Protestant Ethic. It encouraged consensus. ‘Friendliness’ and ‘cooperation’ were the watchwords, while personal eccentricity was discouraged. The horizon was infinite and it was filled with a sense of destiny.