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“So you see, Flynn, when you ask me if I really like rap, that just tells me that you missed the point of this whole long experiment we call twentieth-century popular music.”
“These visionaries were on the track of what was to become one of the great success stories of twentieth-century consumption-driven economics.”
“Rather than evangelical faith and fervor, the dominant explanation among sociologists of religion today, most clearly articulated by Michael Hout and his colleagues, emphasizes purely demographic factors.34 Simply put, for most of the twentieth-century evangelical parents had more children than other parents.”
“Those at the bottom of the income distribution experienced a slow decrease in their share of the national pie, those in the middle barely kept up, and those at the top especially those at the very top experienced breathtaking increases.27 So stark was the change after 1970 that economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz entitled their summary of the twentieth-century history of American wage inequality “A Tale of Two Half-Centuries.””
“Until the 1940s, Catholics in Italian Harlem annually staged a procession of the feast of St. Benedict the Moor: the son of black slaves brought from Ethiopia to Sicily whose life in the sixteenth century was so pure that he was known in the church—and in twentieth-century Italian Harlem—as “the Holy Negro.””
“But they may also point us to an explanation for the lack of a widespread or sustained shorter-hours movement in the twentieth-century United States, as well as for the fact that by the end of the century, American employees worked on average from one hundred to three hundred hours more per year than did workers in western Europe.”
“Lora Little: Early twentieth-century anti-vaccine activist”
“The person who best embodies the philosophical continuity of vaccine resistance movements is the early twentieth-century activist Lora Little, whom journalist and author Arthur Allen described in his book Vaccine as a “granola-belt Mother Jones who promoted whole foods and naturopathy and denounced . . . white male medical practitioners before it was fashionable to do so.””
“And the Dogon tribe in Mali knew about the existence of Sirius B before twentieth-century astronomy verified the claim.”
“Consider a masterwork by a giant of twentieth-century art: Edna St. Vincent Millay's (1892 - 1950) "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver.”
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