Baby Boom
People and Perspectives
by Rusty Monhollon, Editor
February 2010, 246pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-105-3
$94, £70, 79€, A135
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Between 1946 and 1964, more than 75 million babies were born in the United States—the largest single population spike in the country’s history. The size of this generation (at times approaching 1 out of 3 Americans) has had a profound impact—on the economy, education system, pop culture, consumerism, the workplace, urban/suburban life, and the prevailing political climate.

This engaging collection of essays explores the many ways Americans of every race, class, gender, and political leaning experienced the Baby Boom.

This revealing new work goes inside the Baby Boom generation to look at how everyday people within the boomer demographic changed—and were changed by—the course of American history.

Baby Boom: People and Perspectives does not focus on one single historic moment, but rather follows different groups within the Baby Boom generation as they move through history. From the generation gap of the 1950s to the civil rights movement, from Vietnam and the counterculture of the 1960s to Watergate and the Reagan era, and from the Clinton years to September 11th and the recent resurgence of conservatism, this insightful social history shows how Baby Boomers across the breadth of American society experienced and impacted the same historic events differently.


  • Separate chapter of primary documents offering insight into the thoughts and experiences of everyday Americans, including excerpts from Dr. Benjamin Spock's The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, magazine advertisements, and major social movements of the 1960s
  • A comprehensive chronology of events during the Baby Boom, tracing the generation from 1945 to the present
  • Testimonies and oral histories from individuals of the Baby Boom generation
Rusty Monhollon is associate professor of history and director of Masters in Humanities at Hood College, Frederick, MD. His published works include This Is America?: The Sixties in Lawrence, Kansas, which received the Edward H. Tihen Publication Award from Kansas State Historical Association.
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