The Eisenhower era
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a popular war hero whose eight-year presidency was characterized by peace and prosperity, despite Cold War tensions and nuclear anxieties.
- During his presidency the nation’s consumer culture flourished. Workers’ wages rose, the baby boom reached its peak, and the suburbs grew rapidly.
- A moderate Republican, Eisenhower continued federal government activism in the economy and supported the largest public works project in history: the interstate highway system.
- In 1957 Eisenhower deployed troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce the Supreme Court’s ruling that public schools be desegregated.