Characteristics of the Silent Generation

General Thoughts on Social Reputation and Identity

During the Great Depression

Characteristics of Children Born During This Era

Memorial School Class of 1939, Houston    The generation of this era has generally been found to be ambitious,  often seeking achievement, power and status. According to the table below (Table A-19), a need for achievement, status and power increased with higher degrees of economic depravity. Perhaps economic losses that effected a one's family status left children with an ambitious desire to overcome such losses, leading to a generation of aspirations, goals, and purpose.

    This generation has also been found to be patriotic and trusting of the American government. Children growing up around the time of the Depression experienced a sense of trust in the government due to the efforts of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945), who's New Deal programs quickly generated jobs and capital for the American people. Furthermore, this generation came of age during World War II, when patriotism ran high among American Citizens.



Table taken from Children of the Great Depression: Social Change in Life Experience by Glen Elder.