America's Next Twenty Years

America's Next Twenty Years

America's Next Twenty Years

America's Next Twenty Years

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THE MOST IMPORTANT economic event of the last few years has gone almost unreported in the newspapers. Few carried any announcement that well over four million babies have been born in this country every year since 1954 --the largest baby crops ever. Yet 1954, 1955 and 1956 should each have brought a record low in births rather than a record high. For the young women who reached marriageable age, married, and had their first child during these years were born, for the most part, in the dark depression years of 1933 and 1934, when the birth rate ran 30 or 40 per cent below the present figures. The number of marriages since 1954 has indeed been smaller than usual, but the total married population has had more than the usual number of children.

Between now and 1975 the number of young people reaching marriageable age will tend to increase. Since romance is reliably constant, this means an appreciable . . .

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