Worcester Historical Museum

Post-War Prosperity
America emerged from World War II as the pre-eminent economic force in the world. Worcester and the nation experienced a brief tremor as industries reconverted to non-military production, dismissed the thousands of women who held war-time factory jobs, and absorbed returning GIs. The country then launched into a quarter-century of unprecedented economic boom. The air was charged with confidence. This was the era when developers built extensive neighborhoods of ranch-style houses on the city's west side, which were quickly occupied by workers and their wives and children, the "baby-boomers."

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