How the Greatest Generation Won WWI

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How the Greatest Generation Won WWII, Saving the World. The "Greatest Generation” is a term that Tom Brokaw coined to describe those individuals who were born roughly between the years of 1909-1928. Every generation after the Greatest Generation owes their gratitude toward this generation for the livelihoods we enjoy today. The Greatest Generation had endured some of the toughest times in the history of the United States, growing up in the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and then fighting in the largest war in history, World War II. The Greatest Generation caused the tides of WWII to turn, uniting the country, and ultimately saving the world through their strong values of hard work, commitment, discipline, and most importantly…show more content…
America having war on both sides and a fear of another deadly continuation of WWI, which some people still felt the effects of, did not want to get involved. However, President Franklin Roosevelt made sure that the United States prepared to defend our country or going to all-out war. To become prepared, the U.S. enlarged the military, strengthened certain allies such as Great Britain, and most importantly converted civilian industries to produce armaments and other war material needed (Tassava, 3). During the 1930’s, there was a “peace time” war draft, men ages 21-30 were selected into protecting the U.S. and their colonized countries. Men of the Greatest Generation were barely coming upon the age for the draft and enlistments for the military. President Roosevelt proclaimed, “This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny” (Brokaw). Soon the Greatest Generation would have its moment to shine. Their moment to shine came on December 7, 1941, “A date in which will live in infamy” as proclaimed by President Franklin Roosevelt the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese air force and navy (Roosevelt). But the Japanese badly miscalculated the psychological effect of their surprise attack at Pearl Harbor that unified a divided people and aroused the United States to wage a total, not a limited war (Stewart, 166). The United States was finally pushed
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