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All Sorts of Celebrations Ensued ;)
Born September 10th, 1945
My mother Wendy Virginia Taul was born to
H. Wayne and Catherine Taul in West Point New York
She was one of the very first to be born into this baby boomer generation.
What did it mean to be a baby boomer?
This impacted my mom's life in a lot of ways. It shaped the way she experienced small things in her life like schooling, and it affected big picture stuff like her perspective on the world which was very much shaped by her generation's sense that anything was possible with their combined voices for change.
The Baby Boom
"Almost exactly nine months after World War II ended, 'the cry of the baby was heard across the land,' as historian Landon Jones later described the trend. More babies were born in 1946 than ever before: 3.4 million, 20 percent more than in 1945. This was the beginning of the so-called “baby boom.” In 1947, another 3.8 million babies were born; 3.9 million were born in 1952; and more than 4 million were born every year from 1954 until 1964, when the boom finally tapered off. By then, there were 76.4 million “baby boomers” in the United States. They made up almost 40 percent of the nation’s population" (
May 8th, 1945 (V Day)
The United States recognizes the end of World War II and the streets of New York are filled with
people and celebration (Public).
The United States Largest Generational Boom
in our Nation's History
My mom remembers the fact that there were "too many kids in [her] classes throughout school until college. They never had enough desks or textbooks for us all. Later she remembers that there were floods of people entering the workforce at the same time as well. This meant there was fierce competition for jobs.
"The liberation that was occurring at the polling places and universities was mirrored elsewhere when Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and scores of other black entertainers were suddenly just as famous and successful as Perry Como and Frank Sinatra.
The music produced in that era by Bob Dylan, Berry Gordy, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Byrds, the Beach Boys and hundreds of others will endure forever as my generation's proudest artistic achievement" (Kaiser).
As the generation was the largest in history. Their opinions and ideologies were incredibly powerful for promoting social and political change. This was true with civil rights, the sexual revolution, and changes in domestic policy like Johnson's welfare reform (The War on Poverty) and the ending of the Vietnam War through civil unrest and protest (Kaiser).
In no other period of our history did we make such dramatic progress in that never-ending struggle "to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America" (Kaiser).
2010. Web. 11th October, 2014.
Kaiser, Charles. "How the 1960s cured America."
11th October, 2014.
Public Domain Footage. "VE Day VJ Day End of WWII Celebrations
Newsreel." Online video clip
. 2012. Web. 12th October, 2014.
Rodriguez, Wendy. Personal Interview by phone. 11th October, 2014.
Being a baby boomer was a formative experience for my mother. She said that it "caused her to think in new ways from the way her parents thought because it was such a strong cultural identity for [her] to have...it shaped the way [she] thought and the way [she] approached the world."
Now that she is older, she knows that her way of looking at the future is still very much influenced by her history as a baby boomer.
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