Discuss the origins of the postwar (post-WWII) youth culture.

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The origins of the post-WWII youth culture were rooted in the success of the nation. The United States was the strongest power in the world both economically and militarily. People had more discretionary income to spend. There were laws which banned child labor. Many teenagers were able to work part-time jobs but this was for their own spending money. The postwar baby boom also meant that there were more children. Aside from polio, many of these children born to middle-class families enjoyed worry-free lives.

Another thing which fueled the youth culture of time was television. Children were strongly influenced by the new medium. They had more ready access to entertainment. Television also helped to fuel fads such as the hula hoop and the coonskin cap. Radio was also important as it made rock music available to the masses. Music variety shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show allowed children to see and feel a connection with their favorite singers.

The roots of modern youth culture were created from the youth culture of the 1950s. Parents' discretionary income was spent on their children and this helped to create a youth culture that valued consumerism, prosperity, and entertainment.

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The youth culture that arose in the United States after WWII had its origins in the prosperity that the country was experiencing at that time.

After WWII, American youth had, for the first time, a great deal of money and a great deal of leisure.  In past times, youths went fairly directly in to the workforce because their families needed them to.  They did not have much in the way of money to use on consumer goods and services.  After WWII, prosperity came to the US and youths had a great deal of money because their parents could afford to give it to them.  They also had a great deal of leisure time because they were remaining in school for much longer.

Since youths had money and time, they were able to develop a youth culture in the postwar years.

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