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Opinion: Earth’s favored children, part III

We were probably called the “Silent Generation” because most of us grew up during the decade of the 1950s.  Following World War I, America Charlestoned through the “Roaring Twenties” and then slow-danced through the “Great Depression” of the 1930s. The nation suffered during the World War II years of the early 1940s, then regrouped and rejoiced through the post-war late ‘forties.  

After the effervescence of the “Flappers,” the angst of hunger and joblessness, and the turmoil of war, the country needed a break. And that was provided by the decade of the ‘fifties.  

Once the Korean War ended in 1952 and the government was in the hands of President Ike (heroic General of the Armies during WWII), the following years were peaceful. The nation was calm. Old values were restored. A new middle class was emerging.  



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