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Why is the greatest generation also called the "Builder Generation"

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The “Builder Generation” refers to people born between 1925 and 1943. They are also known as traditionalists, seniors or veterans, is the generation that fought during World War II. Some also know it as “The Greatest Generation” based on a best-selling book by Tom Brokaw of NBC news. He coined the phrase because of the generation’s efforts during World War II.

Men and women of this generation selflessly put their lives on hold with the men risking theirs in combat thousands of miles away from home and family and women taking up factory jobs. They did not have a glamorous view of war instead seeing it is a necessity to protect the freedoms enjoyed by Americans just as their prior generation had thought in World War I.

As the men returned from war they faced an infrastructure unequipped for them. This building of homes and roads is what led to the generation’s moniker, “Builders”.

From a series on generational cultures from Used by permission. For further information about generational cultures or other cultures visit their website.

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