The article published by The Atlantic and written by Philip Bump, “Here Is When Each Generation Begins and Ends, According to Facts” is an easy read, but i was caught with the graphic – so thanks, Philip! Read more: The Atlantic article.
Time featured a really interesting article by Josh Sanburn on December 1, 2015, “How Every Generation of the Last Century Got Its Nickname” that gives us a sense of perspective: “The idea that the people who make up a generation share certain characteristics—and thus should share a name—dates back to the mid-19th century, and most cohorts from even before that time have been given retroactive nicknames. But it wasn’t until the early 20th century that those groupings gained mainstream popularity in the United States.” Read more: Time article.
And Dr. Jill Novak’s marketing lesson for University of Phoenix and Texas A&M University entitled “The Six Living Generations In America” seems to have picked up on the Census information and makes, IMHO, the same mistake each of the other writers, pundits and others have made, they either ignore or lump 1945 with the “Baby Boomers” … Not taking into consideration that there was an entire generation born in America that were at one time referred to as “War Babies” and somehow this distinction is in danger of being lost.
I was quite excited to learn that I wasn’t alone in this observation and am so thankful to the History News Network, and more specifically Richard Pells for not only writing a compelling and informative article published March 1, 2015, but that Pells also writes a book. “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—produced the culture and the political attitudes we have all been living with ever since.” I’m looking forward to reading it, being a “War Baby” myself.
The article itself makes for very interesting reading, “Normally, “generations” are defined over a longer time span. Yet the conception of a generation need not always encompass fifteen or twenty year eras. The notion of a generation depends on what its members jointly lived through and accomplished. The war babies constitute a unique generation not only because they were born during World War II, but because their experiences were different from their elders who endured the Great Depression or their children who emerged during the postwar baby boom, especially in the 1960s.” Read more on this article.