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Baby boomers are those people born worldwide between andthe time frame most commonly used to define them. The first baby boomers reached the standard retirement age of 65 in There are about 76 million boomers in the U.
In Canada, they are known as "Boomies;" six million reside there. In Britain, the boomer generation is known as "the bulge. World War II ended in Most members of the armed forces came home en masse, numbering in the millions.
VA loans for homes and farms were made available to GIs at low interest rates, and low or no down payment. In addition, the GI Bill made higher education a reachable goal with low-interest loans. Preceding the war was the era of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Children of that era were a generation hardened by poverty; millions were deprived of the security of a home and job.
Then they fought the greatest war in human history, World War II. Reconnecting with families and loved ones, a large portion of returning GIs, backed by the GI Bill, married and started families, went back to school and bought their first homes.
Jobs, especially in the northeast and on the coasts, were plentiful. Inthe GI Bill helped more than a million veterans to enroll in college. The move to the suburbs. In fact, large-scale, planned communities and housing tracts were being built on the outskirts of all major American cities, especially in California.
It was common that the young wives of virtually entire suburban neighborhoods were pregnant at the same time. In short order, new schools had to be built. Farm and ranch land became seas of similar-looking homes without town centers, jobs, or city amenities.
Eventually, many isolated suburban tracts, numbering in thousands of homes, did become legal communities, albeit on a different model from traditional communities with a core downtown business center. Interspersed throughout those new communities were "strip malls," businesses lined up in a row along roadsides, usually in common and architecturally uninspired buildings fronted by a large parking lot with little or no greenery.
Malls began to offer basic commodities, then became prime community meeting places, especially for the younger crowd. Suburbs were relatively safe, and suitable for children, perhaps, but a breeding ground for discontentment and mischief among teenagers. The Fifties Years of innocence.
The s were, in some ways, years of innocence. The Saturday movie matinee was only 35 cents on the West Coast.
The drive-in theater became part of the young-family social scene, primarily owing to cheap tickets.
The main movie genres were established: Musicals and science fiction movies were popular by the s. Westerns were especially popular with families, and many were created specifically for adolescents.
Popular kid shows most often followed a serial format, appearing in the afternoon on Saturdays. At times, matinees played in several installments per week.
This could be considered a teen movie, but quite different from the Disney teen movies of the next decades. Early examples of the sci-fi genre featured male protagonists fighting for law and order in outer space.
A generation reared with television. Pictures and sound were sent by wire from Washington, D. Postwar television was still new in America, west of Chicago. Most shows were either live or were movies converted for TV — triggering a nationwide trend of theater closures that persists into the 21st century.The post-World War 2 baby boom generation turned 70 in They were the first to benefit from 20th century developments such as ‘cradle to grave welfare’.
They have lived through a period of unprecedented economic, social, cultural and technological change. Babies born earlier, during the. For the purposes of this list, "Western world" can be taken to include United States, Canada, The Beat Generation, Pontell defined Generation Jones as referring to the second half of the post–World War II baby boom The.
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Baby boomers are those people born worldwide between and , the time frame most commonly. The Beat Generation. Just as the postwar economic boom was taking hold, students in universities were beginning to question the rampant materialism of their society.
The Beat Generation was a product of this questioning. The only reason he was in Mexico was to avoid possible imprisonment in the United States. The near savagery of his. My book, called War Babies: The Generation That Changed America, rests on four central themes.
First, the war babies—not the generation of the Depression and World War II, or the baby boomers.