Baby Boom Generation Vietnam War

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The baby boom generation was the generation that created a surge in population between the years 1946 and 1964 because many people delayed having children due to World War II (1939-1945) and the Great Depression (1929-1939). “The hardships and uncertainties of the Great Depression and World War II led many unmarried couples to delay marriage and many married couples to delay having children” (“Baby Boom”). The baby boom generation consisted of about 75 million children. “The sheer size of the baby-boom generation (some 75 million) magnified its impact on society…” (“Baby Boom”). The surge in population that this generation consisted of affected both the nation’s politics and the economy. The baby boomer generation has had a negative effect…show more content…
The political activism of some of the baby boom generation contributed to the unpopularity of the Vietnam War as the generation transitioned into the anti-war movement during the years of 1968 and 1973. “As teens and young adults, many boomer activists pushed for new federal legislation to fulfill the old social dreams of the Bill of Rights and FDR. Chief among those thoroughly American social upheavals were the Civil Rights and Women’s Rights movements” (“Baby Boom Generation”). Not only did the baby boom generation grow into an era of anti-war, but they were raised by people who were politically aware during World War II and rejected their countries established leaders, policies, and parties and switched to communist and fascist movements. “The politics that was responsible for these new conditions was the politics of the pre-baby boomer cohorts, the same cohorts from which communist and fascist movements had recruited before 1939” (Roberts). The baby boomers in this generation were classified as the beneficiaries, meaning they became the new voters and part of the political parties, creating new neo-liberal politics, meaning that the population was in favor of free-market capitalism (Roberts). Free-market is defined as minimal government intervention and an increased role of the market, meaning it creates more jobs to be provided. Yet, the United States has always been a mixed

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