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 American High

The American High (First Turning, 1946-1964) witnessed America’s ascendancy as a global superpower.  Social movements stalled.  The middle class grew and prospered.  Churches buttressed government.  Huge peacetime defense budgets were uncontroversial.  Mass tastes thrived atop a collectivist infrastructure of suburbs, interstates, and regulated communication.  Declaring “an end to ideology,” respected authorities presided over a bland, modernist, and spirit-dead culture.

    Lost entering elderhood

    G.I.s entering midlife

    Silent entering young adulthood

    Boomers entering childhood

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