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Of War and MenWorld War II in the Lives of Fathers and Their Families$
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Ralph LaRossa

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467429

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226470023.001.0001

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Baby Boom

Baby Boom

(p.115) Eight Baby Boom
Of War and Men
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the sharp increase in the birth rate in the U.S. after the war, a trend which continued throughout and 1950s and 1960s. There were several reasons for the baby boom, including the healthy postwar economy and couples' yearnings for stability and the glorification of family. This chapter also provides evidence that some men in the postwar era at least planned to be active caregivers and talks about how some fathers-to-be attended maternity classes.

Keywords:   birth rate, U.S., postwar economy, family, active caregivers, maternity classes

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