The postwar era (1945-1980)

The United States emerged from World War II as the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world. But staying on top isn't easy.
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A time of affluence. A time of fear. During Eisenhower's eight years in office, the United States fought a war in Korea, fretted about communism in Hollywood, and began a space program.

The 1960s might be the most tumultuous decade in American history, when simmering resentments boiled over into rage against the status quo. From the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the My Lai Massacre, after the bloody Sixties the United States would never be the same.

Stagflation, Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis -- the 1970s were tough years for the United States.