Joanne Freeman

Joanne B. Freeman is Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University. She is a frequent public speaker, commentator, and historical consultant whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Atlantic Magazine. She and her work have been featured in documentaries on PBS and The History Channel, and she is a history/politics commentator on CNN and MSNBC.

Joanne B. Freeman on Gen Jones:
In a 2022 social media discussion, Dr. Freeman made clear that even though she was born during the traditional time period for Boomers, she doesn’t feel like a Boomer, and feels closer to GenX. When someone brought up Generation Jones, she immediately realized she’d found her generational home, excitedly tweeting to her over 100,000 Twitter followers in July 2022: “I…have never heard of Generation Jones. Wow!” She’s proudly brought up Gen Jones publicly since then.

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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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Jussi Jalonen

Jussi Jalonen is a globally-celebrated Finnish historian. Considered an academic icon in Finland, Jussi has developed a stellar global reputation. He has appeared many times on international TV networks, like CNN, BBC & SkyTV as an expert in history. He is especially known for his work about Eastern Europe, and military history.. He has written four best-selling history books, as well as numerous articles in history academic journals. In Finland, where historians are considered scientists, the Association of Finnish Scientists chose Jussi as the “Scientist of the Year” in 2018.

Jussi Jalonen on Gen Jones:
While Jussi is a Gen Xer himself, he is interested in Generation Jones and has brought up Gen Jones in interviews, his writing, and on social media. In April 2023, he wrote about how key ministers in the Finnish government had been replaced by older generations, including one from Gen Jones (“Tilalle saatiin vuonna 69 syntynyt Generation Jones -Orpo…”).

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David Parsons

David Parsons is a widely-acclaimed historian who specializes in U.S. politics of the 1960s and 1970s. He is especially well-known for his expertise on the Vietnam War. He is the host of the extremely popular podcast called The Nostalgia Trap, on which he interviews often-prominent writers, historians, academics, and journalists about a variety of historical issues.

David Parsons on Gen Jones

David has brought up Generation Jones publicly multiple times, like here in September 2020, when he wrote: “…they were called Generation Jones: …there is a certain level of bitterness and “jonesing” for the level of freedom and affluence granted to older boomers but denied to them.”

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