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June 6, 2011
1:26 pm
FlorrieMay
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Would you say that people were more tolerant in the 1940s? I don't remember terrorists or arguments about religion or sexual orientation like we have every day now, but maybe things were just more undercover?

June 6, 2011
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Martha
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I do not know if I would say more tolorant. Back then there was a way things were done. Sure teens still rebelled and what not, but the family unit dictated certian behaviors. I think the youth were supprsed which sort of led to the 60s, lol.

June 7, 2011
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I don't think I would ever say that people were more tolerant in the 40s. For example, it is so difficult for a teenager to come out as gay in today's culture, and many of us accept homosexuality as being a normal part of life. Can you imagine how much more stress a gay teenager would be put under in the 1940s? If you weren't of the right race, sexuality, or religion then people might not want to associate with you. Consider the lack of rights for black people in the 40s as well.

I don't think the arguments were as prevalent, but I think that's because people were sometimes so fearful that they were afraid to stand up for themselves and be different.

June 10, 2011
10:50 am
FlorrieMay
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Scarlett said:

I don't think I would ever say that people were more tolerant in the 40s. For example, it is so difficult for a teenager to come out as gay in today's culture, and many of us accept homosexuality as being a normal part of life. Can you imagine how much more stress a gay teenager would be put under in the 1940s? If you weren't of the right race, sexuality, or religion then people might not want to associate with you. Consider the lack of rights for black people in the 40s as well.

I don't think the arguments were as prevalent, but I think that's because people were sometimes so fearful that they were afraid to stand up for themselves and be different.


You are probably correct because later, in the sixties, I was part of the rebellious generation and that would have been unheard of in my parents' day!
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