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The silent generation

The Silent Generation

(born between 1925 and 1945)

The silent generation a voice from the generation speaks out
The Silent Generation: A Voice from the Generation Speaks Out

“[W]e survived two of the most horrific events in world history – the Great Depression and World War II. And we didn’t merely survive them, we learned at least three lessons from them – the rewards of hard work, the importance of making personal sacrifice for the common good, and the value of accepting personal responsibility. These attributes made us very self-reliant.”

Source: “Step aside Boomers, Silent Generation has much to offer” USA Today, 22 November 2010

The silent generation defining characteristics
The Silent Generation: Defining Characteristics Out

  • Conformers

  • Believe in the traditional, nuclear family

  • Conservative when it comes to money; emphasis on savings

  • Strong sense of discipline and a respect for authority

  • Source: “Mixing and Managing Four Generations of Employees”

  • FDU Magazine Online, Winter/Spring 2005

Significant historical events
Significant Historical Events Out

  • The Great Depression (late 1920s-1930s)

  • World War II (U.S. involvement, 1941-1945)

  • Beginning of the Cold War

Pop culture major films of the 1930s and 1940s
Pop Culture: Major Films of the 1930s and 1940s Out

1930s: Child star Shirley Temple appears in lighthearted comedies and musicals that provide a much-needed distraction from the grim reality of the Great Depression

1933: “King Kong”

1937: “Snow White” (first feature-length Disney cartoon)

1939: “The Wizard of Oz”, “Gone with the Wind”, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”

1940: “Fantasia”

1941: “Citizen Kane”

1943: “Casablanca”

Source: “Timeline: 1940-1949 The History of Motion Pictures” and “Timeline: 1930-1939 The History of Motion Pictures”, The Picture Show Man,

Pop culture music
Pop Culture: Music Out

Notable Singers/Composers: Billie Holiday

Cole Porter

Ella Fitzgerald

Irving Berlin

Bing Crosby

The Andrew Sisters

Frank Sinatra

Popular Music Styles: Jazz

Swing Music

Big Band (the most famous musician of the Big

Band era was Glenn Miller)