Cycles in U. S. History


Presidential Generations

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U. S. Presidents and Generational Alignment

Father of our Country Honest Abe Strauss and Howe gave a great deal of credit for the "Secular Crisis" that occurs in each cycle to the maturing of the Civic type generation and their willingness to change the world. If you look at this table, however, the first thing you notice is that the Crisis is always during the Idealist's watch. I think you could make a case for Idealist zeal, when reaching a position of power, as being at least a contributing factor in the Crisis. I suppose it is impossible to separate the Idealist chicken from the Civic egg.

I have one gripe I suppose. Nobody from my Generation (Silent) seems to have made it into the Whitehouse. Oh well. And by the way, you may have noticed, that after a couple of Boomer Presidents, we have just elected our first President from the Generation X (13th) crowd. President Obama will be the first Reactive having to deal with a Crisis event.

Eras Idealists Reactives Civics Adaptives
Era of Good Feeling
(1788-1821)
1788,1792 -
George Washington
1796 -
John Adams
1800,1804 -
Thomas Jefferson
1808,1812 -
James Madison
1816,1820 -
James Monroe
Transcendental Awakening
(1822-1837)
1824 -
John Q. Adams
1828,1832 -
Andrew Jackson
1836 -
Martin Van Buren
Era of Slavery Expansion
(1838-1859)
1844 -
James Polk
1850 -
Millard Fillmore
1852 -
Franklin Pierce
1840 -
William Harrison
1841 -
John Tyler
1848 -
Zachary Taylor
1856 -
James Buchanan
Civil War Era
(1860-1865)
1860,1864 -
Abraham Lincoln
1865 -
Andrew Johnson
Gilded Age
(1866-1885)
1868,1872 -
Ulysses Grant
1876 -
Rutherford Hayes
1880 -
James Garfield
1881 -
Chester Arthur
1884 -
Grover Cleveland
Missionary Awakening
(1886-1909)
1888 -
Benjamin Harrison
1892 -
Grover Cleveland
1896,1900 -
William McKinley
1901,1904 -
Theodore Roosevelt
1908 -
William Taft
WWI/Prohibition Era
(1910-1929)
1920 -
Warren Harding
1923,1924 -
Calvin Coolidge
1928 -
Herbert Hoover
1912,1916 -
Woodrow Wilson
Depression/WWII Era
(1930-1944)
1932,1936,
1940,1944 -

Franklin Roosevelt
Era of Super Power America
(1945-1965)
1945,1948 -
Harry Truman
1952,1956 -
Dwight Eisenhower
1960 -
John Kennedy
1963,1964 -
Lyndon Johnson
Boom Awakening
(1966-1981)
1968,1972 -
Richard Nixon
1974 -
Gerald Ford
1976 -
Jimmy Carter
1980 -
Ronald Reagan
Information Age
(1981-2001)
1992,1996 -
William J. Clinton
2000 -
George W. Bush
1984 -
Ronald Reagan
1988 -
George H. W. Bush
Power Down Era?
(2002-Now)
2004 -
George W. Bush
2008 -
Barack H. Obama

Note: The bold years are election years. If a president came into office without being elected, the date of his entering office is in regular type.



Presidential Sites
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American Presidents: Life Portraits
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Presidential Portraits - Time Line National First Ladies Library Dave Leip's Atlas of U. S. Presidential Elections




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