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Thinking about Social Change in America No one is left from the Glenn Valley, Pennsylvania, Bridge Club who can tell us precisely when or why the group broke up, even though its forty-odd members were still playing regularly as recently asjust as they had done for more than half a century.
The shock in the Little Rock, Arkansas, Sertoma club, however, is still painful: The Roanoke, Virginia, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP had been an active force for civil rights sincebut during the s membership withered from about 2, to a few hundred.
By November even a heated contest for president drew only fifty-seven voting members. Black city councillor Carroll Swain observed ruefully, "Some people today are a wee bit complacent until something jumps up and bites them. Byhowever, membership had so dwindled that it was a struggle just to pay taxes on the yellow brick post hall.
Although numerous veterans of Vietnam and the post-Vietnam military lived in the area, Tom Kissell, national membership director for the VFW, observed, "Kids today just aren't joiners.
Even though they aimed to sell more than one hundred thousand books to benefit college scholarships in the event, co-chair Alix Myerson explained, the volunteers who ran the program "are in their sixties, seventies, and eighties.
They're dying, and they're not replaceable. Roger Whittlesey, TMHS band director, recalled that twenty years earlier the band numbered more than eighty, but participation had waned ever since.
Somehow in the last several decades of the twentieth century all these community groups and tens of thousands like them across America began to fade.
It wasn't so much that old members dropped out -- at least not any more rapidly than age and the accidents of life had always meant. But community organizations were no longer continuously revitalized, as they had been in the past, by freshets of new members.
Organizational leaders were flummoxed. For years they assumed that their problem must have local roots or at least that it was peculiar to their organization, so they commissioned dozens of studies to recommend reforms.
The slowdown was puzzling because for as long as anyone could remember, membership rolls and activity lists had lengthened steadily. In the s, in fact, community groups across America had seemed to stand on the threshold of a new era of expanded involvement. Except for the civic drought induced by the Great Depression, their activity had shot up year after year, cultivated by assiduous civic gardeners and watered by increasing affluence and education.
Each annual report registered rising membership. Churches and synagogues were packed, as more Americans worshiped together than only a few decades earlier, perhaps more than ever in American history.
Moreover, Americans seemed to have time on their hands. A study under the auspices of the newly inaugurated Center for the Study of Leisure at the University of Chicago fretted that "the most dangerous threat hanging over American society is the threat of leisure," a startling claim in the decade in which the Soviets got the bomb.
Life magazine echoed the warning about the new challenge of free time: Despite our Protestant ethic, there are many signs that the message is beginning to get through to some people Not only are Americans flocking into bowling leagues and garden clubs, they are satisfying their gregarious urges in countless neighborhood committees to improve the local roads and garbage collections and to hound their public servants into doing what the name implies.
Kennedy proclaimed at his inauguration, picking up the torch of leadership, not only in the nation's highest office, but in cities and towns across the land.
Summarizing dozens of studies, political scientist Robert E. Lane wrote in that "the ratio of political activists to the general population, and even the ratio of male activists to the male population, has generally increased over the past fifty years. Fromwhen women got the vote, throughturnout in presidential elections had risen at the rate of 1.
By disrespect for public life, so endemic in our history, seemed to be waning. Gallup pollsters discovered that the number of Americans who would like to see their children "go into politics as a life's work" had nearly doubled over little more than a decade.Author: Robert Putnam Assembled by Stan Rowland Putnam’s research, understanding and analysis of social capital.
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