chapter  6
Suburban Utopia
The Postwar Middle-Class Fantasy
Pages 38

The combination of personal savings and public investment in creating the infrastructure for new suburbs, new schools, and subsidizing the college educations of millions of returning G. I. s created sweeping changes in the United States. Fear of communism was a drastic contrast to the war years, when fan magazines stressed collective sacrifice and other notions that would arouse suspicions just a few years later. The national unity felt during the war effort trickled into domestic policy, with the passage of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act, commonly known as the G. I. Bill. Actor Rory Calhoun seems just as thrifty in an article published that same year, titled 'Glamour on a Shoestring'. The postwar era was in many ways a perfect storm for babies and children in the United States. Stardom clearly reinforces the notion of freedom and upward mobility, and Hudson's 'reminder' reinforced the idea that opportunities were presumably available to all who were fortunate enough to be Americans.