Part 2 Generations
Understanding is the key, so lets take a quick glance at history
1930-1945 This generation was referred to as, the silent generation, traditionalists, practical generation, they had to live on very basic needs. These are the people of WWI, the great depression, stock market crash, plagues, food shortages, droughts, unemployment, WWII and so much more. A time of survival and conservation forced to stretch everything to
its max. also using every resources available like soup kitchens, hunting, any source they could find to offer for them.
Now with this being said, the stories state that “the mob” or “American Mafia” gain access to society through the union movement and trades movements. This was not noticed tell later in history, therefore its been placed in many reports that the mobs power starting in 1903 and gained great power in this generation through these forms of work. Those people who did not wish to be seen or noticed, looked the other way, paid crime bosses (disguised as union), organized crime bosses for protection or to be left alone, or left.
In the 1940’s became a time to rebuild and great change. It was a time that the people feared the changes with great reasons. Farms, tractors, cars factories, iron, plants, building of dams for water supplies, electricity, water plants, road projects, machines, protest marches for what people believe in for change, soldiers, and major wars.
There were so much hardship they were taught to be silent and move on with their day.
Unfortunately there was so much change that this lasted on into the next generation affecting them as well but in different ways. From 1946-1964 the baby boomers who will talk about in part 3. Most of these events took place all the way up to the 1980’s.
Wikipedia states these are the changes that happened over this time for the disabled.
1935– The League of the Physically Handicapped in New York City was formed to protest discrimination by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The Home Relief Bureau of New York City stamped all applications with “PH” which stood for “physically handicapped.” Members of the League held a sit-in at the Home Relief Bureau for nine days and a weekend sit-in at the WPA headquarters. These actions eventually led to the creation of 1,500 jobs in New York City.
1935 – The Social Security Act became U.S. law; it provided federally funded old-age benefits and funds to states for assistance to blind individuals and disabled children. The Act also extended existing vocational rehabilitation programs.
1936 – The Randolph-Sheppard Act, 20 U.S.C. § 107 et seq., a federal law which mandates a priority to blind persons to operate vending facilities on federal property, became law in the U.S. It was amended and updated significantly in 1974.
1938 – The Wagner-O’Day Act, enacted in 1938, mandated that U.S. federal agencies purchase products from workshops for the blind meeting specific qualifications.
1940 – The National Federation of the Blind was formed in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, by Jacobus Broek and others. They advocated for white cane laws, input by blind people for programs for blind clients and other reforms.
1940 – The American Federation of the Physically Handicapped, founded in 1940 by Paul Strachan, was the first cross-disability national (American) political organization to urge an end to job discrimination, lobby for passage of related legislation, and call for a National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week, as well as other initiatives.
1943 – The LaFollette-Barden Vocational Rehabilitation Act became law in the U.S., and it added physical rehabilitation to the goals of federally funded vocational rehabilitation programs and provided funding for certain care services.
1945 – PL-176 became law in the U.S., and it declared the first week in October each year would be National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1962 the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month (October) and changed the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The next time you ask someone from this generation why? Keep in mind they came from a different time period then you. How you we’re raised is different the kids being raised now. They keep everything, reuse it over and over. This may seem like hording, or being a pack rate in today’s terms but it’s because of all the things they did without and didn’t have during in their time when they we’re raised. They learned in tough times to make them selves be ready for hard time that could come ahead. It’s also why they don’t like to move and tend to stay in one place for long periods of times, few will move out-of-state. Why does this matter because we change as people with the times. If we have another great depression it will be these people everyone will go to for what they need. Not stores, because that would be above your reach if history was to repeat it self. So stop being so hard on this generation and ask questions. People who assume generally have it come back at them in a bad way. Tell the next time.
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