I. I often wonder if I were a baby boomer and why they call it that. The War had just ended and men and women were coming home to their spouse or partner that missed them very much. Cuddling up to your spouse or mate is just what you wanted to do.
II. Do you know why they called us Baby Boomers? About nine months after World War II ended, “the cry of the baby was heard across the land,” as historian Landon Jones later described the trend. More babies were born in 1946 than ever before: 3.4 million, 20 percent more than in 1945.
III. I have read about Baby Boomers on three different sites (History.com, CNN.com and BBhq.com) and they all agree that the Baby Boomer years happen after World War II from 1946 to 1964.
IV. Preview ideas: Now I will tell you why they call these years the Baby Boomers years. Listen and see if you are considered a Baby Boomer.
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I am giving an explanation informative speech.
I. The demographers, sociologists and the media define baby boomers as those born between (and including) 1946 and 1964. (There is no law or constitutional amendment so stating; and other boundaries have been suggested. But this is the time frame most commonly used.) In 2013, that would make us between 49 and 67 years old.
a. There are about 75 million boomers in the U.S.; we currently represent about 29% of the U.S. population. (In Canada, we are sometimes known as “Boomies”; there are 6 million of us there. In Britain, our generation is known as “the bulge.”)
II. What explains this baby boom? Some historians have argued that it was a part of a desire for normalcy after 16 years of depression and war. Others have argued that it was a part of a Cold War campaign to fight communism by outnumbering communists.
a. Most likely, however, the postwar baby boom happened for more quotidian reasons. Older Americans, who had postponed marriage and childbirth during the Great Depression and World War II, were joined in the nation’s maternity wards by young adults who were eager to start families.
b. In 1940, the average American woman got married when she was almost 22 years old; in 1956, the average American woman got married when she was just 20. And just 8 percent of married women in the 1940s opted not to have children, compared to 15 percent in the 1930s.
There were 77.3 million Baby Boomers (as of 2008)
a. 1946 – post World War II
3,411,000 -babies born in the U.S.
b. 1954 – post Korean War
4,078,000 -babies born in the U.S.
c. 1957 – the year the boom peaked
4,300,000 -babies born in the U.S.
I. Well, now that we know why they call the years 1946-1964 Baby Boomers years, how do you feel about it? Baby Boomers occurred because of people longing to be held by their partner that was away at war. After 16 years of War, it was a blessing to be able to hold there partner.
II. We now know that Baby Boomers are those born after between 1946 and 1964.
III. Can you image over 4.3 million babies being born in 1957. After 16 years of War people just wanted to be normal again. I can image how they might have felt after being apart for so long.
IV. Baby Boomers were a way of people showing they loved each other, getting over the War and trying to outgrow communist. So cuddling up together lead to having more babies in the United States then every before.
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