GENERATION INTERBELLUM (1901-13): an ambivalent inter-war generation

The Interbellum generation (term derived from Latin meaning between war) corresponds to the cohort of people born in the United States between 1901 and 1913.

They were both too young to serve in the military in World War I and too old to be on the front lines in World War II. Some will participate in this conflict in the support forces.

Adults during the "Roaring Twenties" until the beginning of the Great Depression, they will experience a first period of economic prosperity, social change and recklessness. The adoption in 1919 of the 18th amendment (the Prohibition of alcohol) and the policy of return to normalcy and economic expansion, will cause many social problems (questions on human origin, immigration, communism and isolationism). The Ku Klux Klan will form at this time.

Their parents from the lost generation traumatized by the First World War, this generation will be divided between the materialist values ​​of the society of production and mass consumption and the decadent tumult of the “roaring twenties”.

Nihilism, entertainment and liberation from morals will oppose the traditional value system.

Confronted then with the Great Depression at the age to enter professional life, they will be severely marked by the economic and social collapse which will shake an already ambivalent system of values.

Go further :

The great Western social generations of the 20th and 21st century

Leave a comment