Originally Posted by TerryY
The 30s thru the 40s was a great depression and a great war that got us out of it. If that was our golden age we had low standards.
I grew up in the 50's and we had the threat of someone dropping atomic bombs drilled into us. That wasn't a real high point either.
This is true. The crash in 29 brought about hardship that carried on. Going into WWII we were developing the nation (which is why I included it because it was a direct precursor), however, and in WWII we asserted ourselves as a global power. To go into the second WW with the might we had proves that, even during the depression, we weren't sitting on our arses. The golden era is the highpoint of society. After WWII, people came home, got better housing, had good jobs, economy was very stabilized, we ruled the global economy having everything pegged to the US Dollar, people were flooding our immigration offices to become a part of the American dream, scientific advancements were huge, people were becoming more educated, crime was relatively low, etc. We set the standards in professional business, in culture, in military force - we were actually admired by a large portion of the world. Sounds like a golden era, to me.
Sure we had threats from oponents, but within our borders it was the golden era. Rome had a golden era, but still had people on the outside that wanted to take it out.