Hughes’ Variant of the Definitions of Generations

The set of generations many people generally agree on, completely different compared to the following list

Prelude

There are some issues with how to define each generation. This is especially the case with the Generation X and Millennial crossover problem; Those born in the late 1970s and early 1980s often find themselves in between the generations with no clear indication of which generation they affiliate with.

However, I believe I found a solution to this. I group generations based on the decade they graduate from high school in.

Ex. Those born from XXX2 to XXx1 would’ve graudated from XXX0 to XXX9. In particular, the lowercase x representing the early two years of the decade.

Of course, it’s agreeable that this system isn’t that perfect, as for example those born in late XXX2 could graduate in XXx1. In addition, those born anytime in XXX1 are rather unique as they could graduate in XXX9, but as such also XXx0; the former being early in the year and the latter the late. Also, the definitions here is quite much inclusive to American terminology to say the least.

That said, this system would probably work out in a sense, and I have simple definitions to describe people being born in these generations with this system.

With that said, I’m ready to demonstrate.


The Revolution Generation

The Revolution Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the revolutionary war, which resulted in the creation of the United States of America.

These people were born from 1772 to 1781, and graduated from 1790 to 1799.


The Washington Generation

The Washington Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during George Washington’s — the first U.S. president — early years as president.

These people were born from 1782 to 1791, and graduated from 1800 to 1809.


The New State Generation

The New State Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the admission of three states (in order; Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee), those three whom separated from those they were once part of (Vermont was originally part of New Hampshire; Kentucky was originally part of Virginia; Tennessee was originally part of North Carolina, but became known as the Southwest Territory prior to it’s admission in 1796).

These people were born from 1792 to 1801, and graduated from 1810 to 1819.


The 1812 Generation

The 1812 Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up in the shadow of the War of 1812.

These people were born from 1802 to 1811, and graduated from 1820 to 1829.


The Monroe Generation

The Monroe Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during James Monroe’s early years as president, whose ‘Monroe Doctrine’ refused to allow European nations to further makes colonies in the Western Hemisphere.

These people were born from 1812 to 1821, and graduated from 1830 to 1839.


The Compromise Generation

The Compromise Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the Missouri Compromise’s passing, which made the newly-formed Maine a free state and the Missouri territory a slave state, and made any new states slave or free depending on where they place on the Parallel 36°30′ north.

These people were born from 1822 to 1831, and graduated from 1840 to 1849.


The Jackson Generation

The Jackson Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during Andrew Jackson’s presidency, whose style would inspire more U.S. presidents to come.

These people were born from 1832 to 1841, and graduated from 1850 to 1859.


The Weak Generation

The Weak Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during a time were several weak presidents, most of whom were Whigs, were elected or otherwise rose to the presidency as a result of a former president’s death (e.g. John Tyler took the presidency following the death of William Henry Harrison).

These people were born from 1842 to 1851, and graduated from 1860 to 1869.


The Tension Generation

The Tension Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during a time of tension, which slavery was becoming a hot topic in American politics, and strong division between the North and South in the Union were being shown.

These people were born from 1852 to 1861, and graduated from 1870 to 1879.


The Civil War Generation

The Civil War Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the American Civil War; The anti-slavery Union versus the pro-Slavery Confederacy.

These people were born from 1862 to 1871, and they graduated from 1880 to 1889.


The Reconstruction Generation

The Reconstruction Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during reconstruction, an era which was an attempt to rebuild the South and attempting to grant former slaves full rights, which would ultimately fail.

These people were born from 1872 to 1881, and they graduated from 1890 to 1899.


The Railroad Generation

The Railroad Generation’ refers to the now-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the time where railways were making transportation of goods and travelers much easier.

These people were born from 1882 to 1891, and they graduated from 1900 to 1909.


The Gilded Generation

The Gilded Generation’ refers to the semi-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the height of the Gilded Age, with the amount of strikes and the Panic of 1893 setting the tone of the time.

These people were born from 1892 to 1901, and they graduated from 1910 to 1919.


The Roosevelt Generation

The Roosevelt Generation’ refers to the semi-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency, whose progressive policies would refine American economics for years to come.

These people were born from 1902 to 1911, and they graduated from 1920 to 1929.


The Great War Generation

The Great War Generation’ refers to the semi-extinct people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the first World War, which placed the Allied Powers between the Central Powers.

These people were born from 1912 to 1921, and they graduated from 1930 to 1939.


The Consumerism Generation

The Consumerism Generation’ refers to the living people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the economic boom, which paved way for massive buying of luxuries — typically only the wealthiest could’ve bought — via credit.

These people were born from 1922 to 1931, and they graduated from 1940 to 1949.


The New Deal Generation

The New Deal Generation’ refers to the living people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the Great Depression, who’s families benefited from New Deal programs created by Franklin Roosevelt, the president at that time.

These people were born from 1932 to 1941, and they graduated from 1950 to 1959.


The Holocaust Generation

The Holocaust Generation’ refers to the living people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the second World War, as well as the horrific discovery of the Holocaust — which killed six million people in Nazi Germany — that followed.

These people were born from 1942 to 1951, and they graduated from 1960 to 1969.


The Boomer Generation

The Boomer Generation’ refers to the living people that were born, or otherwise grew up at the height of birth rates in the developed world.

These people were born from 1952 to 1961, and they graduated from 1970 to 1979.


The Civil Rights Generation

The Civil Rights Generation’ refers to the living people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the time were civil rights for racial minorities were on the rise, as well has social and political conflicts that developed during this era.

These people were born from 1962 to 1971, and they graduated from 1980 to 1989.


The Watergate Generation

The Watergate Generation’ refers to the living people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the Watergate scandal, and subsequent political follies that followed.

These people were born from 1972 to 1981, and they graduated from 1990 to 1999.


The New Age Generation

The New Age Generation’ refers to the living people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the time of technological advancement, which these — like the Macintosh computer — would transform homes and industries for years to come.

These people were born from 1982 to 1991, and they graduated from 2000 to 2009.


The Internet Generation

The Internet Generation’ refers to the living people that were born, or otherwise grew up during the time where the internet was becoming a commonplace, allowing people to have more easy access to information online, and as such, removing the need to visit the library every so often.

These people were born from 1992 to 2001, and they graduated from 2010 to 2019.


The Homeland Generation

The Homeland Generation’ refers to the living people that were born, or otherwise grew up during a time of paranoia regarding terrorism, which followed the September 11th Attacks, and called for a need to monitor suspected terrorists.

These people were born from 2002 to 2011, and they will graduate from 2020 to 2029.


The Future Generation

At the moment, there isn’t any way to tell who to call the next cohort of people; Those born from 2012 to 2021 and graduate from 2030 to 2039. Though judging by events in this decade, possible names include ‘The Obama Generation’, ‘The Post-Modernism Generation’, ‘The Trump Generation’, ‘The PC Generation’, and much more.