“Saved the world” when they were young, in the memorable phrase of Ronald Reagan. They were the great builders of our time. It’s the generation that fought and won World War II.
Children of the Great Depression and World War II, their “Silent” label refers to their conformist and civic instincts. It also makes for a nice contrast with the noisy ways of the anti-establishment Boomers.
Their name is drawn from the great spike in fertility that began in 1943, and ended almost as abruptly in 1960, around the time the birth control pill went on the market. Boomers introduced the counter-culture, and now are the arbiters of mainstream culture.
Referred to as ‘latch-key kids’, they grew up in a time of rising crime and youth violence. They learned to be self-sufficient. GenXers are often depicted as savvy, entrepreneurial loners.
Raised at a time of increased parental involvement. Rates of divorce, abortion, and violence against children steadily declined. Baby on board sign appeared on car windows and Hollywood replaced cinematic star devils with adorable uplifting kids.