For Minnesota's Greatest Generation, the post-war Boom of the late 1940s and 1950s signaled the start of a long-awaited "bright future." Learn more about the Boom Explore Stories Oh, Baby! Returning soldiers and a booming economy created conditions for a surge in population that lasted into the 1960s. Building A Life Returning veterans found themselves with opportunities for a future brighter than they could have imagined before the war. Ah, Suburbia! Families in search of the American Dream migrated from the cities to the expanding suburbs in search of a better life. Lessons & Legacy What were the lessons learned from these dramatic life experiences?