Bryant Simon

Bryant Simon is an internationally-esteemed historian. His research and scholarship has earned awards and honors from numerous prestigious organizations, including the Fulbright Commission and the Smithsonian Institution. His work and commentary have been featured in many prominent publications, including The New Yorker, Washington Post, and New Republic. He is the author of several bestselling and critically-acclaimed books. Educated at Yale University, he is a popular professor of history at Temple University, and has lectured at many top universities around the world. He has been chosen for the prestigious position of Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

Bryant Simon on Gen Jones:
Born in 1961, Bryant identifies with, and is proud of, his membership in Generation Jones, and has publicly discussed Gen Jones. Here is an example from an article about Generation Jones in the Philadelphia Inquirer in February 2023: “When Generation Jones members came of age in the 1970s”, said Temple University professor Bryant Simon, “the political urgency of the 1960s, and the sense of unity, were gone.” The era’s galvanizing cause — the Vietnam War — was over, and the later Boomers, who had neither fought nor protested it, began a new age dubbed the “Me Decade.” It was marked by narcissism and lack of social concern, according to writer Tom Wolfe. This was, of course, the generation that spawned yuppies in the 1980s…Simon, 61, who grew up in Vineland, N.J., said many working-class Jonesers he knew felt left behind by the changing economy. A “white fragility” has developed among them that’s fostered anger about being left behind. Indeed, a few of the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, were Jonesers fueled by 40 years of resentment, analysts say. “You could argue,” Simon concluded, “that, in the end, this generation created the fracture we have in America today.”

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