Bowling Alone Short Essay - Answer Key

Robert D. Putnam
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1. What happened to the Little Rock, Arkansas Sertoma Club?

In the mid-1980s, nearly fifty people regularly attended the weekly luncheon to plan activities. Ten years later, only seven regulars continued to show up.

2. Why did the Charity League of Dallas have to hold their last meeting?

The average age of the members of the Charity League had risen to eighty. It has been two years since a new member had joined. The president felt like they had no choice but to abandon the club.

3. What warning did "Life" magazine give in an article in February, 1964?

"Life" magazine warned about the new challenge of free time. They believed that Americans now had the tools and knowledge to create the kind of world they wanted, and they must learn how to do that with the increase in leisure time.

4. Why weren't the 1950s and 1960s a "golden age"?

For Americans who were marginalized because of race, gender, social class, or sexual orientation, the 1950s and 1960s were not a golden age. The norm was legal separation by race and socially separating genders. Intolerance, even though it was declining, was still very high. Environmental problems had also just been exposed. Infant mortality remained high.

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