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Transcript of Baby BOOM!
- marriage was considered the "norm" in the 1940s
-dating periods were short resulting in a doubling of pre-war marriages
- marriage and family = respectability and contentment
-pre-marital sex was taboo therfore couples were socially pressured to marry before having sex
- Psychologists/Sociologists considered unmarried people to be of questionable mental stability
- marriage, family, and home were the main personal goals of most young adults after World War II
How many of you would consider marrying someone at 18 years old, less than one year after meeting him/her?
What does the speed with which this young couple met, married, and had a child tell us about the culture at the time?
- Between 1939-1945, Canada was involved in the World War against Germany, Italy, and Japan.
- 1 million Canadians went overseas to fight
- @ home, just as many worked long hours for the war effort
- people put plans for the future on hold
Immigration and the Baby Boom
- end of World War II also meant an increase in immigration to Canada (mostly from Europe)
- more than 2 million pple. came to Canada between 1945-1960
- large numbers from Great Britain, Italy, Ukraine, and the Netherlands
- very few immigrants from Asia, Africa, and South America due to racism
Immigration and the Baby Boom
- baby boom accelerated with immigration
- beginning a new life in a new country is more appealing to the young people
- in Canada, there was promise of work, land, and a chance to build a life
- marriage, family, and a home were just as important to the immigrants
WORLD WAR II AND THE BABY BOOM!
- war ended in 1945
- post 1945 there was a huge jump in live births!
- Soldiers quickly resumed their lives
- Approx. 1 out of 5 soldiers returned from overseas with a "war bride" and even children who had born abroad.
- Marriage rates in 1946 were double those of pre-war era
- social trends are large changes in our society such as an increase in immigration, a decrease in fertility rates,or a growth in the number of older, first-time parents
- look at the below; would you consider the family in the photo to be a typical family these days? Why or why not? in your notes, make 2 observations about the image below and then answer this question afterwards.
- the change in the composition of the typical Canadian family is an example of a social trend
there are different ways of classifying the different generations according to demographers:
Baby Boomers (the largest by far)
the Echo Boom
Time to find out about these generations!!
conduct some research on the the following generations:
The baby boom
Find out the following information about each generation:
TASK #1: Research each generation and find out the following:
What year range was each group born?
major characteristics of each generation
social issues or problems that each generation faced
(I.e. finding jobs, housing and so on...)
TASK #2: Watch the documentary Generation Jobless (see the next slide for the website) and please take thorough notes on the content.
Watch the following documentary
watch the following documentary titled Generation Jobless at:
(cut and paste the link into a new tab)
Your task is to watch toe documentary and take notes on the documentary.
Once you gather your information from your research on the generations AND the Generation Jobless doc, could you please write a reflection and submit it to the drop box titled Generation Reflection.
: If I could name my generation, I would name it...because...
: The thing that excites me the most about my future (with regards to social change) is...because... and the thing that makes me the most nervous, afraid or worried about my future (as it relates to social change) is...because... (be sure to incorporate the evidence that you collected from your research above.