Liberty Generation

Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2008

The Liberty Generation (Nomad, born 1724–1741) struggled for parental comfort in an era of Hogarthian child neglect. Coming of age with an economic bust, land pressure, and rising immigration, they cut a swath of crime and disorder. As young adults, they joined the rough-hewn Green Mountain, Paxton, and Liberty Boys—and became the unthanked footsoldiers and daring privateers of the French and Indian War. Proclaiming “Don’t Tread on Me” and “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death,” they entered midlife supplying the bravest patriots (including most signers of the Declaration of Independence) as well as the worst traitors of the Revolution. As elders, they led with caution, suspicious of grand causes, while their “Anti-Federalists” restrained the nationalizing energy of younger people. (AMERICAN: George Washington, John Adams, Francis Marion, Daniel Boone, Ethan Allen, Patrick Henry; FOREIGN: King George III, Czarina Catherine the Great)

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