The Silent Generation is the demographic group of people born from the mid 1920s to the early 1940s. The name was originally applied to people in the United States and Canada but has been applied as well to those in Western Europe, Australia 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 1930s and the war in the early 1940s caused people to have fewer children.
The generation includes many political and civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Bernie Sanders, Robert F. Kennedy, Che Guevara, Ron Paul, Gloria Steinem writers and artists like Andy Warhol, Gene Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Little Richard, Ray Charles, William Shatner, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Sondheim, James Brown, Miles Davis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Quincy Jones, Sean Connery, Elvis Presley, Richard Pryor, George Carlin and the Beat Generation, and intellectuals like Noam Chomsky. Time magazine coined the name in a November 5, 1951 article entitled "The Younger Generation," and the term has remained ever since.
They have also been named the "Lucky Few" in the 2008 book The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom, by Elwood D. Carlson PhD, the Charles B. Nam Professor in Sociology of Population at Florida State University.
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- "The Younger Generation", Time, November 5, 1951
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- Carlson, Elwood (2008). The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom. Springer Science + Business Media B.V. ISBN 978-1-4020-8540-6. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
- 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.
- Carlson, Elwood D. "FSU Faculty Bio". Florida State University. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- TIME Magazine, The Younger Generation, 1951
- TIME Magazine, The Silent Generation Revisited, 1970
- The Silent Generation
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