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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"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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"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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"To people who remember JFK's assassination, JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin"
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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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"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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"We are fans because the game also appeals to our local pride, our pleasure in thinking of ourselves as, yes, Americans but nonetheless different from residents of other towns, other states, other regions"
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"One of the first lessons he or she learns is that in baseball anything, absolutely anything, can happen. Just two days ago as I write this, something happened that had never happened in baseball before"
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"In response to the challenge of strangers, sport arose as a sublimated representation of a community's armed might as well as its pride of place and clan"
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"For many in baseball September is a month of stark contrast with April, when everyone had dared to hope. If baseball is a lot like life, as pundits declare, it is because life is more about losing than winning"
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"Do we settle on a regional team because we can go to its ballpark and see its games on television? Or do we choose a team as our favorite because it has an especially appealing player, a Barry Bonds or an Ichiro?"
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"Better than anything else in our culture, it enables fathers and sons to speak on a level playing field while building up from within a personal history of shared experience - a group history - that may be tapped into at will in years to come"
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"Baseball presents a living heritage, a game poised between the powerful undertow of seasons past and the hope of next day, next week, next year"
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"As the game enters its glorious final weeks, the chill of fall signals the reality of defeat for all but one team. The fields of play will turn brown and harden, the snow will fall, but in the heart of the fan sprouts a sprig of green"
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