The Greatest Generation Of The World War II Essay

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Many of the Greatest Generations’ core values have been challenged by later generations due to changes in the economy, politics, war, social equality, technology, and the family structure. The Greatest Generation, a name that journalist Tom Brokaw popularized, refers to the generation that grew up during the Great Depression, served during World War II, and then worked hard and prospered after the War. The Greatest Generation believed in following rules and not questioning authority, focusing on the nuclear family, being patriotic, working hard, saving money and owning a house. These tenets have evolved during the last fifty years for better and for worse. The traditional values of the Greatest Generation taught them to respect law and order, follow the rules, and be patriotic. That generation did not question the reasons behind fighting in World War II. During that time, Americans sacrificed everything, from sugar to death of loved ones, all in the name of patriotism and America being the greatest power in the World. Supporting America’s war went from becoming a duty to optional in later generations. Observing the casualties of war and questioning the reason for entering war, later generations challenged the United States’ military presence in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The Greatest Generation also did not challenge racism, as the Baby Boomers did that were born after World War II. The Baby Boomers protested, peacefully and violently, to bring about changes
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