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According to Eric Schlosser, an Oxford graduate and investigative journalist, fast food stands began to pop up in the 1920s “with a handful of modest hot dog and hamburger stands in southern California” (3). Yet, their rapid explosion didn’t come until the 1950s. Several factors contributed to this growth of fast food, including America’s love for the automobile, the construction of a highway system, the development of suburban communities, and the baby boom after World War II. In their article “Postwar America at Home, 1945-1960,” historians Gary B. Nash et al observe that, “The postwar era of the 1950s was one of the most prosperous in American history; it was fueled by wartime savings, favorable business conditions fostered by governments at all levels, and federal dollars in the form of the GI Bill, defense spending, and highway construction.” The constructions of new highways lead to the construction of more automobiles. With an increasing population due to the baby boom, housing was becoming limited. The problem of limited housing was addressed by the GI Bill, enabling families…