Silent Generation

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For the album, see The Silent Generation (album).

Silent Generation is a label for the generation of people born during the Great Depression and World War II.[1] The label was originally applied to people in North America but has also been applied to those in Western Europe, Australasia and South America. It includes most of those who fought during the Korean War. In the United States, the generation was comparatively small because the financial insecurity of the 1920s and 1930s caused people to have less children.[2]

While there were many civil rights leaders (such as Martin Luther King), writers (such as Gloria Steinem), and artists (such as the Beat Poets), the Silent Generation is thusly named because many focused on their careers rather than activism, and people were largely encouraged to conform with social norms. Time Magazine coined the name in a 1951 article entitled The Younger Generation, and the name has stuck ever since.[2][3]


They have also been called the "Lucky Few" by Elwood D. Carlson, Ph.D. in his 2008 book titled The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom.[4] Carlson is the Charles B. Nam Professor in Sociology of Population at Florida State University. He was the director of FSU's Center for Demography and Population Health from 2003 through 2007.[5]


  1. ^ The Younger Generation, Time Magazine, 1951
  2. ^ a b "The Silent Generation, "The Lucky Few" (Part 3 of 7)". Forbes. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Silent Generation: Definition, Characteristics & Facts". Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Carlson, Elwood (2008). The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom. Berlin: Springer Science and Business Media. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-4020-8540-6. 
  5. ^ Carlson, Elwood D. "FSU Faculty Bio". Florida State University. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 

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