Without the baby boom, the United States would be a different place. The Vietnam War would have lasted longer. Rock and roll would be less pervasive. The civil rights movement would have changed laws and attitudes more slowly. But women might be further ahead in job status and pay if there had been no baby boom. Housing would be cheaper. The economy would have done better in the 1970s, and people now in their 20s, 30s, and 40s would be making more money.
For the past 30 years, the baby boom generation— all those born between 1946 and 1964—shook American economics, politics, and culture. But the full impact of