“Say hi to your new mom!”— Divorce, the ’80s, and Generation X

One of the most marked characteristics of Generation X is having been children during the peak of divorce rates in the 1980s. To illustrate the trend, a March 1995 report from the CDC, with the ominous title “Advance Report of Final Divorce Statistics, 1989 and 1990,”  contains the following graph. (The blue and green annotationsContinue reading ““Say hi to your new mom!”— Divorce, the ’80s, and Generation X”

road trips— for the tame travels and messy adventures of Generation X

The road trips section of level:deepsouth is for recollections and ruminations on enduring/enjoying family vacations, heading out of town with friends, going on tour with the band, or whatever reason we had for piling in the car and leaving home for a while. In an era before backseat DVD players or GPS mapping, when “turnContinue reading “road trips— for the tame travels and messy adventures of Generation X”

1980s Montgomery: Remembered and Now Considered

by Adrienne Gaines Born in the late 1970s, most of my childhood memories come from the 1980s, and are those of a white girl who lived this decade mostly in Montgomery, Alabama. I grew up in a nuclear family of four – my married parents, my older sister, and me – in a middle-class neighborhood,Continue reading “1980s Montgomery: Remembered and Now Considered”