American High

The American High (First Turning, 1946–1964) witnessed America’s ascendancy as a global superpower. Social movements stalled. The middle class grew and prospered. Churches buttressed government. Huge peacetime defense budgets were uncontroversial. Mass tastes thrived atop a collectivist infrastructure of suburbs, interstates, and regulated communication. Declaring “an end to ideology,” respected authorities presided over a bland, modernist, and spiritually-dead culture.

  • Lost entering elderhood
  • G.I.s entering midlife
  • Silent entering young adulthood
  • Boomers entering childhood


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