America in lean times? Unimaginable, isn’t it? View this remarkable DVD and discover a time when the U.S. of A. was indeed floundering in the aftermath of World War II. The economy was far from stable. By the end of Eisenhower’s tenure and Kennedy’s administration, economic growth was at its lowest ebb. American industry responded to the task of rejuvenating productivity through automation and innovative recycling techniques. Eventually, this created an avalanche of jobs for white-collar workers. By 1961, there was a 65% rise of skilled workers; this, however, did nothing for the semi-skilled and unskilled sectors and employment rates fell steadily. Various efforts by the Government included the Manpower Training Bill and the Area Redevelopment Act, but the fruits were long in coming. In the meantime, American families without breadwinners of special technical orientation had to turn to precisely the economic parameters outlined in the American Cultural History ! ! - War against Poverty DVD from A2ZCDS. Though matters improved from 1962 (around the time these film clips were produced) there still remained a ‘chronic’ sector that did not seem to be able to assimilate the emerging national prosperity into its own existence. This DVD addresses the struggles of this sector and graphically describes how the American family and Government joined hands in the struggle to sublimate the hardship. We live in times in which we benefit, quite unwittingly, from the values encouraged in this remarkable collection. The American economy would not have stabilized to the present extend had it not been for messages and awareness efforts from influential corporate and Government agencies such as General Motors and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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