The Highs and Lows of postwar America
Baby Boomer Generation
The beginning of the 1950's was a clouded time. The beginning of the Korean war, talk of atomic bomb creations, boycotts and the fight for civil rights were all events causing heightened stress in any and all individuals. For the Baby boomer generation these post world war II times set the tone for their most developmental years.
What Really happened?
In order to place yourself in this time of peril you need to know what was going on. The following is a list of key Events from 1951 to 1955 (for a full, more detailed list click here to visit Softschool’s 1950’s Timeline )
The Korean war 1950
Ratification of the 22nd amendment 1951
Hydrogen bomb tests 1952
Eisenhower becomes president 1953
creation of SEATO 1954
Warsaw pact formed 1955
Though a time of great conflict the early 1950s had some positive interactions. The economy was by no means suffering and suburbia was ravishing all over the country. "Many Americans were eager to have children because they were confident that the future promised peace and prosperity," Says History.com. It is true that many young adults now worry about the security of their children's future; often hear young adults say "I can't bare the thought of bringing a life into this world." Millennial Julia Austin confirms the concern of finding funds for raising children in America today.“we are just scrambling to figure out how we could possibly afford children”.(Austin 10 Legit Reasons Millennials Are Afraid To Have Kids)The world has changed more than predicted in this last century, it's hard to tell how it will change in the next one. However, the parents of the boomers were hopeful, with WWII coming to an end they didn't imagine something like that happening again. To them, surviving WWII meant that worse wasn't to come, they already lived through the worst possible thing that could be happening in the world. Instead of having the "why should I have kids" mindset they held the "Why wouldn't I have kids" mindset.