Kenneth Jackson: the Last Class
Written by Bwog Staff
OK, not forever, but for the semester at least, and Professor Jackson’s concluding session contained a bonanza of “editorials” for the gathered masses in 417 IAB.
On why people aren’t moving to the suburbs to get away from Jews, Italians, and black people any more because of 9/11: “I think Americans are simpleminded. We can only hate one people at a time.”
On why a later average age of marriage draws people to the cities: “When I was your age, you got married. Partly for sex, but partly to play house…Once you’ve gotten gotten married and had sex, you’ve got a baby, and the suburbs are starting to look a lot better.”
“If you’re not married, you don’t want to stay home and take care of the stuff, you want to be like Carrie or Samantha.”
The class clapped for a long time after he finished the lecture. What a charmer!