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Generational Cycle in the United States

 “A generation is a group of people who are born over the same time span
and who share a collective personality.”*
 
This table covers the names and dates of the generations in the United States.
 

Generation Name
Generation Type
Years Born
Total Number
Generational Cycle
Puritan
Idealist
1584-1614
25,000
Colonial Cycle
Cavalier
Reactive
1615-1647
100,000
Colonial Cycle
Glorious
Civic
1648-1673
160,000
Colonial Cycle
Enlightenment
Adaptive
1674-1700
340,000
Colonial Cycle
Awakening
Idealist
1701-1723
550,000
Revolutionary Cycle
Liberty
Reactive
1724-1741
1,100,00
Revolutionary Cycle
Republican
Civic
1742-1766
2,100,00
Revolutionary Cycle
Compromise
Adaptive
1767-1791
4,200,000
Revolutionary Cycle
Transcendental
Idealist
1792-1821
11,000,000
Civil War Cycle
Gilded
Reactive
1822-1842
17,000,000
Civil War Cycle
Progressive
Adaptive
1843-1859
22,000,000
Civil War Cycle
Missionary
Idealist
1860-1882
45,000,000
Great Power Cycle
Lost
Reactive
1883-1900
45,000,000
Great Power Cycle
G.I.
Civic
1901-1924
63,000,000
Great Power Cycle
Silent
Adaptive
1925-1942
49,000,000
Great Power Cycle
Boom*
Idealist
1943-1960
79,000,000
Millennial
Cycle
Generation X
(Thirteenth**)
Reactive
1961-1981
93,000,000
Millennial
Cycle
Millennial
Civic? ***
1982-2003? ***
76,000,000
Millennial
Cycle

 
This table is part of a bigger table from the book Generations, the History of America’s Future, 1584-2069. 
 
 *“Saving for a lifetime advancing generational prosperity.” U.S. Department of Labor
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/02NatlSummitFinal.pdf
** Generations, the History of America’s Future, 1584-2069 describes this generation as the Thirteenth but most sources call this generation, Generation X
*** The question marks in this table also occur in the Generations, the History of America’s Future, 1584-2069. 
 
Sources:
“Saving for a lifetime advancing generational prosperity.” U.S. Department of Labor
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/02NatlSummitFinal.pdf
Strauss, William and Howe, Neil. Generations, the History of America’s Future, 1584-2069. New York: Morrow. 1991. Page 428.
 

 
 

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