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This week we look at the political and economic changes happening in our area after the end of WWII. In the Lecture, Professor Mayer discusses the economic problems of demobilization, the national elections of 1946 and 1948, the administrations of Truman and Eisenhower, the Red Scare, the continuity and changes in the New Deal Consensus and Coalitions, and Northwestern examples of national political and economic trends.

Maps & Cityscapes features the development of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the post-war Aluminum industry in Washington State. Tribal Perspectives examines the evolution of the termination and relocation policies in the anti-communist (and anti-communal) mood of the postwar era.

In People and the Humanities, we discuss Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" speech, the blacklisting of the famous "Hollywood Ten," and the Montana-born president of Boeing, William M. Allen. We also look at the Civil Defense Administration's attempts to prepare the public for nuclear attack. The Research section presents our top reading and viewing picks for this topic.

Assignment suggestions for this week’s content include:

  • How government agencies and policies combine to create a national "mood" (in this case, anti-communism). Do these agencies and policies reflect a mood or create one? If they only reflect it, where does it come from?
  • The connections between culture and politics or economics. Which comes first? How do they influence each other? How do changes in one reflect or instigate changes in another?