The Importance Of The Greatest Generation

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The Greatest Generation is defined as the generation that was born in the 1920s, grew up during the Great Depression, fought in World War 2, and came home to build the world’s strongest economy. They learned important values such as hard work, determination, and the importance of money, trust, compassion, respect, sacrifice, and strength through adversity. They earned the title of the Greatest Generation by their ability to recover from the Great Depression, their sacrifice for the sparing of the world from tyranny during World War 2, and their contribution to the construction of one of the greatest countries of the world. Strangely, the generation that they gave birth to became known as one of the most rebellious generations the United States …show more content…
Most of them did exactly that and were able to become successful business owners because of the important lessons they learned from their childhood and their experiences of war.
What are all the attributes of this generation that made it become the greatest and did these attributes transmit to their children? After the war many came home to an economic boom and valued life and this caused an enormous rise in population (Kennedy, 2005). The Greatest Generation’s children, known as the Baby Boomers, are defined as being born between 1946 and 1964 (Light, 1988). Their early life was much better off than their parents because they were born in an economic boom that carried on after the war. Suburbs became ever popular and many pursued the “American Dream”. They wanted to have a private home away from the bustling city (Kennedy, 2005). This difference in lifestyle as a child could be the most important asset in the difference between the attributes of the Greatest Generation and the Baby
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They had to sacrifice a proper education and many luxuries during the Great Depression because their families were only able to afford the necessities. They had to work in the fields under the hot sun alongside their parents and siblings. They were willing to do this because it meant survival. Later on, while fighting in World War 2, they were able to sacrifice everything in order to help others because the value of sacrifice was natural to them. Their children were not as willing to make the same sacrifice when they were called to action during the Vietnam War. The Antiwar movement is a testament to their disapproval of the war as it dragged on. They agreed with the idea at first but after years of rising casualty numbers, they no longer found the war necessary or worth the cost (ushistory.org, n.d.). They showed sacrifice when they were willing to protest to the point of

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