Little Rock schools closed rather than allow integration. This 1958 photograph shows an African American high school girl watching school lessons on television. Library of Congress (LC-U9- 1525F-28).
- 26.6: Politics and Ideology in the Affluent Society
- Postwar economic prosperity and the creation of new suburban spaces inevitably shaped American politics. In stark contrast to the Great Depression, the new prosperity renewed belief in the superiority of capitalism, cultural conservatism, and religion.
Thumbnail: An African-American man drinking at a "colored" drinking fountain in a streetcar terminal in Oklahoma City, 1939. Image used with permission (Public Domain).