In our recent Spring Newsletter, we highlighted the Baby Boomer, Gen X, Millennial, Gen Z, and Gen Alpha generations. We did this “Just So You Know” article to explain exactly what birth years are associated with the different generations. Somehow, we failed to mention the group of people who laid the foundation for the generations to follow: The Silent Generation.
The Silent Generation is the demographic cohort following the Greatest Generation and preceding the Baby Boomers. The generation is generally defined as people born from 1928 to 1945. By this definition and U.S. Census data, there were 19 million Silents in the United States as of 2022. In the United States, the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II in the early-to-mid 1940s caused people to have fewer children and as a result, the generation is comparatively small. It includes many of those who fought during the Korean War.
The Silent Generation is often characterized as being reserved and hardworking. They came of age during a time of great turmoil, and they learned to value hard work, discipline, and self-reliance. They are known for their strong sense of duty and patriotism. The Silent Generation was born into a time of great upheaval. The Great Depression and World War II shaped their childhoods and adolescence. These experiences taught them the importance of hard work, perseverance, and sacrifice.
The Silent Generation came of age in the 1950s and 1960s. They were the first generation to grow up with television, and they were also the first generation to benefit from the GI Bill, which helped them to attend college and buy homes. Formally known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, the GI Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for some of the returning World War II veterans.
The Silent Generation is often described as being “silent” because they are not as vocal as other generations. Other traits associated with the Silent Generation are loyalty, teamwork, modesty, respect for authority, and traditional values. The Silent Generation is a generation that is often overlooked, but they are a generation that deserves our respect. They have built a strong foundation for the future, and they continue to make a difference in the world.