A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Baby Boom

Baby Boom This term refers to the generation born in the period 1946–65, which followed a period of delayed marriages for young adults and suppressed normal population growth due to World War II. Almost 74,000,000 babies arrived in that period, which peaked between 1 April 1959 and 2 April 1960, when the US recorded its greatest number of births. Fertility declined steadily from then until 1972, when the birth rate barely sufficed to replace losses from death. As the Baby Boom ended, immigration contributed a greater share to population growth, including 32.8 percent of total growth in the 1980s.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Baby Boom," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed October 4, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LILYTGJJNG1EFF9.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Baby Boom." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 4 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LILYTGJJNG1EFF9.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Baby Boom' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 4 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LILYTGJJNG1EFF9.