Television ownership is still historically higher than in the 1950s, but it dropped for the first time in history. In 1946, there were only 17,000 TVs in the US. By 1949, the number of TVs purchased each month was 250,000. By 1953, 66% of American owned a TV, by 1960, 87%.
Television Ownership Drops in U.S., Nielsen Reports – NYTimes.com.
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New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman, entered into the controversy surrounding the President of the American Historical Association and University of Wisconsin history professor, William Cronon. Cronon wrote an article in the Times critical of the Wisconsin Governor Walker and his support for a bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public school teachers. The Republican party in Wisconsin has responded by using Freedom of Information laws to request all of Professor Cronon’s university emails.
William Cronon and the American Thought Police – NYTimes.com.
Approximately one hundred years after the Great Migration, demographers are seeing a reversal of the movement of African-Americans from the South to the North. Among the factors are greater racial tolerance and economic opportunity in the South, as well as the blight of deindustrialization in the North.
Many U.S. Blacks Moving to South, Reversing Trend – NYTimes.com.
As discussed in lecture, the process of economic modernization provokes unintended challenges to traditional cultural and social attitudes. Here’s a report in the New York Times regarding the clash between cultural values of a traditional and modern society by examining horrific crimes against the “New Women” of urban India.
Rapes of Women Show Clash Between Old and New India – NYTimes.com.