Generations - The Colonial Cycle Summary & Analysis

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The four generations of the Colonial Cycle have been named Puritan, Cavalier, Glorious and Enlightened. In general, members of these groups were either born in Europe or America. Many immigrated to the American colonies as children and youth from a variety of socio/economic circumstances, which, of course, colored their experiences in America and determined how they viewed society and how they raised their own children.

Puritan Generation (born 1584-1614 - Idealist)

Youth and Coming of Age: As youth, this generation was born into a world of order, bustle and empire building. They were indulged and protected, beneficiaries of the good life. But, as adolescents, they began to see the world of their parents as Godless and immoral and rebelled against existing mores and institutions.

Rising Adulthood: Puritans were educated and driven. As Rising Adults, they built institutions still in existence...

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