Originally Posted by derekva
As a point of fact, the civil rights movement started long before the 1950s; Eleanor Roosevelt made life difficult for FDR by being an outspoken proponent for civil rights for African Americans. On the other hand, the civil rights movement hadn't gotten very far by the 1950s, there was very little in the way of feminism and Dog help you if you were gay (or an athiest or Communist).
Oh, and FWIW, it's easy to have a booming economy where everyone gets a piece of the pie when you are the only major industrialized power that remained more-or-less untouched infrastructure & industry-wise by a 6 year (more if you count Japan vs. China) world war. This, of course, would bite the US in the ass in the 1970s and 1980s when our antiquated factories would have trouble competing with the factories built in Japan and Europe in the 1950s.
Welcome to Political Chat Derekva.
I agree somewhat in the U.S. took their eye off the ball and let the edge we enjoyed be lost. Thinking the advantage was ours alone, not modernizing equipment and using the newest technologies.
But the facts still remain higher tax rates and strong unions seem to be good for the country as a whole. A quick glance will show what lower tax rates on the ultra rich and weak labor has done for the U.S. middle class.