Famous quotes by Historians


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"Whatever is not commonly seen is condemned as alien"
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"There isn't much discussion of ruling class in America even in Boston, probably one of the most class-conscious cities in the country?"
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"There is also an epidemic of infertility in this country. There are more women who have put off child-bearing in favor of their professional lives. For them, the only way they are going to have a family is to adopt from China"
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"Of course, in the United States, which at the time was a very young country, there were also class distinctions. They weren't as pronounced, but they quickly evolved as well"
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"It was clear that the special interest groups in California really wanted the Chinese to be shut out of the country, because that was where the racial tension was the greatest"
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"If the conditions were right there could be great acceptance. Often it is only when they pose an economic or political threat that it turns really ugly"
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"There isn't much in the way of pure communist spirit, because the whole nation seems to be engaged in capitalistic enterprises. Much of the country still operates under government control"
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"There are now hundreds of thousands of new engineers that are being trained in China. If people start finding themselves losing their jobs, not to the Chinese here but because China has become such a dominant force - then there could very well be a backlash"
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"The whole story of the comfort women, the system of forced sexual slavery, the medical experiments of Unit 731, is not something that is in the US psyche. That is changing because many books are coming out"
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"I may attempt a novel. I think that no matter what you write, it requires being honest with oneself, and you have to pull yourself out of the whirlwind of daily life"
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"Then you get to the last half of the 20th century, Americans are getting very skeptical about their leaders and their institutions, and another place that is affected is parties and conventions"
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"As parties began to develop around the turn of the 19th century, you had party nominees for President nominated in caucuses made up of party members in Congress"
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"First of all, there's no mention of political parties in the Constitution, so you begin American history with not only no political conventions but also no parties"
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"To people who remember JFK's assassination, JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin"
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"The founders were very worried that if parties developed in America, you might have something like the modern Italian system, where you have 20 different parties that divide Congress and the country and can't govern"
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"So if 1960 had occurred under the old convention system, Kennedy would have had a very hard time getting the Democratic nomination because he would have been rejected by all those people who had worked with him in Washington"
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"Oftentimes during the period in which conventions really did business, you had situations where the delegates were divided and you would have ballot after ballot before there was a final nominee"
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"From the beginning of the presidential nominating conventions in the 1830's really through the 1950's, you had conventions that actually did real business"
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"You have had presidential candidates over the last 30 years who would have had a very hard time getting nominated under the old system. One example is John Kennedy"
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"To people who remember JFK's assassination, JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin"
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"The Founding Fathers would be sorry to see that America had become so divided and factionalized"
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"So the result was that as one approached a political convention for most of the 19th century and for most of the 20th century until the 1960's, part of the drama was the fact that you didn't know ultimately who was going to be the nominee at the end of that convention week"
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"Yes, we've seen it all before. And yes, those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it. But no, the sky is not falling - baseball is such a great game that neither the owners nor the players can kill it. After some necessary carnage, market forces will prevail"
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"Pursuing employment or climatic relief, we live in voluntary exile from our extended families and our longer past, but in an involuntary exile from ourselves and our own past"
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"Planning to play: that's what saving for retirement is today - and it is antithetical to the nature of play, fully within the definition of work, and blissfully ignorant of the reality of death"
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"More fundamentally, it is a dream that does not die with the onset of manhood: the dream is to play endlessly, past the time when you are called home for dinner, past the time of doing chores, past the time when your body betrays you past time itself"
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"I think that much of this was running in background as I contemplated whether or not to attend the PS 99 reunion, although I certainly anticipated that I would not; it smelled like death, not youth"
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"For many of us, sport has provided the continuity in our lives, the alternative family to the one we left behind. It gives us something to talk about, to preen about, to care about"
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"Donning a glove for a backyard toss, or watching a ball game, or just reflecting upon our baseball days, we are players again, forever young"
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"Distant replay morphs into instant replay, and future replay cannot be far off"
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