Generations in Anglo-American History

Generation Birth Years Famous Member Era in which Members Came of Age Archetype
Man Woman
Arthurian 1433–1460 King Henry VII Elizabeth Woodville War of the Roses Hero
Humanist 1460–1482 Thomas More Elizabeth of York Tudor Renaissance Artist
Reformation 1483–1511 John Knox Anne Boleyn Protestant Reformation Prophet
Reprisal 1512–1540 Francis Drake Queen Elizabeth I Intolerance & Martyrdom Nomad
Elizabethan 1541–1565 William Shakespeare Mary Herbert Armada Crisis Hero
Parliamentary 1566–1587 William Laud Anne of Denmark Merrie England Artist
Puritan 1588–1617 John Winthrop Anne Hutchinson Puritan Awakening Prophet
Cavalier 1618–1647 Nathaniel Bacom Mary Dyer Reaction & Restoration Nomad
Glorious 1648–1673 ”King” Carter Hannah Dustin Glorious Revolution Hero
Enlightenment 1674–1700 Cadwallader Colden Mary Musgrove Augustan Age of Empire Artist
Awakening 1701–1723 Jonathan Edwards Eliza Lucas Pinckney Great Awakening Prophet
Liberty 1724–1741 George Washington Mercy Warren French & Indian Wars Nomad
Republican 1742–1766 Thomas Jefferson “Molly Pitcher” American Revolution Hero
Compromise 1767–1791 Andrew Jackson Dolley Madison Era of Good Feelings Artist
Transcendental 1792–1821 Abraham Lincoln Elizabeth Cady Stanton Transcendental Awakening Prophet
Gilded 1822–1842 Ulysses Grant Louisa May Alcott Civil War Nomad
Progressive 1843–1859 Woodrow Wilson Mary Cassatt Reconstruction & Gilded Age Artist
Missionary 1860–1882 Franklin Roosevelt Emma Goldman Third Great Awakening Prophet
Lost 1883–1900 Harry Truman Dorothy Parker World War I & Prohibition Nomad
G.I. 1901–1924 John Kennedy Katharine Hepburn Depression & World War II Hero
Silent 1925–1942 Martin Luther King, Jr. Sandra Day O’Connor American High Artist
Boom 1943–1960 George W. Bush
Hillary Clinton
Consciousness Revolution Prophet
Generation X 1961–1981 Barack Obama
Sarah Palin
Long Boom & Culture Wars Nomad
Millennial 1982–2004 Mark Zuckerberg Anne Hathaway
Global Financial Crisis

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