Mamie Eisenhower: Economics, Discovery and Daily Life
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: One to two class periods
The credit card had its beginnings in the 1950s during a period of unprecedented earning and wealth in the United States. Mamie was a careful manager who, although raised in privileged circumstances, still knew the value of a dollar and could always save money. Perhaps she had one of the early cards.
1. Ask students how many of them have a debit card; how many have a credit card.
2. Ask them how long credit cards have been in use by the general public. Divide the class into two groups. Group 1 will investigate the history of credit cards; Group 2 will explore issues of saving and investing.
3. When research is complete the two groups will present their findings.
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.