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tradition was continued long: that as newspaper delivery, car wash machine or with other small jobs make children, especially boys, a little money left, belonged for many decades, naturally to a solid American education.

The setting of elderly to young changed over the years, as Steinbeck's sons grew up, from the ground up. The motto of the fifties was: our children should have better there as we work with our youth lost due to war and depression. You had better have it at any price. The economic boom has made it possible that in families only an earner - the man, almost always provided the necessary income, while the partner - the woman - could devote all the household and the children. Levittown and all the other suburbs have been built around this new ideal. For the first time in history was the child in the center of attention, even in the society as a whole.

All of these changes were something contradictory. On the one hand, many of the choice and consumption possibilities brought a new sense of freedom, individual freedom, but sometimes the freedom from responsibility. Even in the internal family relationships. On the other hand, it was more important than ever to care for the child, to watch over. You could say it another way: men and women needed not for each other to sacrifice themselves - that was no longer up to date - but for their children.

Such contradictions are apparent even in Steinbeck's letters. There is his own desire for freedom on the one hand he dives into his book projects, taking extensive journeys, remains unattainable for his sons, basically-, on the other hand he tends, when it comes to these same sons to Grand gestures, big plans and big expectations. Also Steinbeck's second wife Gwyn, the mother of the boy, claiming individual freedom for themselves; she meant this especially celebrations and drinking. The Eaglebrook School should compensate for all these problems.

From John juniors, a deep feeling of resentment is memories. That of understandable, says something about his generation. As long as the baby boomers were still children and young people, they knew not in the least, under what exceptional conditions they grew up, at least in comparison to
Generations before them. What had to offer the present pleasant things, appeared of course and of course, them as whole as it is in children. The historian Henry William brands says they were grew up in the feeling that they had a right to all and that the world is their pleasure there. Anyway, this feeling that already belongs Yes up to a certain extent to the American self perception with them was more pronounced than for all Americans before them.


My friend, the eminent historians of the Middle West Joseph Amato, has even written an American local history on the basis of noise. He began with the sounds of nature, with the noise of the rivers or the wind in the forests and the dry grass of the level - even if no wind is blowing, you can hear the wind, the Indians say, the buzzing of insects over the ponds, the howl of the wolves, stomping the bison, the croaking of frogs, the chatter of geese and ducks, the calls and songs of hundreds of birds, the roar of a waterfall, the crash of a falling branch, the sounds of a human voice.