Baby Boomers

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No generational group is quite like that of the Baby Boomers. Seventy- eight million people belong to this unique, history-making bunch. To better understand how the Baby Boomers have impacted society, it is necessary to explore the defining events and moments, in addition to the distinct characteristics, that have set them apart from the rest.

Baby Boomers have learned to persevere through struggle. Born in the prosperous post World War II period, this group has faced many obstacles on its own. With the passing of the G.I. Bill in 1944, record numbers of Baby Boomers were able to attend college and earn a degree. Many were impacted by the Vietnam War and draft protests (Wikipedia). In the midst of the war on foreign soil, Baby Boomers ignited reform and social change back home. They were the activists in both the monumental Civil Rights Movement as well as the Women's Liberation Movement (Hanks).

These formative years for the group were also shaped by the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of the Baby Boomers witnessed the unfolding of various political scandals, most notably Watergate; this challenged their views on political leadership.

Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, have used their past experiences to make a lasting impression on society. This generational group forms the most populous group and is usually divided into two groups. The Younger Boomers, aged 42-50, and Older Boomers, aged 52-60. Baby Boomers are leaders at heart. Whether it be in the political, academic, industrial, or cultural spectrum, this generational group commands respect (Wikipedia). Many high-profile people such as President George W. Bush, Steven Spielberg, and Bill Gates are among the Baby Boomer generation.

Baby Boomers have a zest for life and do not mind taking full advantage...