Compare & Contrast Rabbit, Run by John Updike

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1950s: In 1959, the average American yearly income is $5,016.

Today: In 1999, the average yearly income is $53,350.

1950s: In 1959, there are 3,287 AM radio stations, 578 FM stations, and 509 television stations in the United States.

Today: In 1999, there are 4,782 AM radio stations, 5,745 FM radio stations, and 1,599 television stations in the United States.

1950s: In 1959, the cost of a new car averages $2,132.

Today: In 2000, the average cost of a new car is over $20,000.

1950s: In the 1950s, when fathers abandon their children, as Rabbit does in the case of both Janice and Ruth, it is difficult for the children's mothers to force them to pay child support, or even to prove that the children are the man's offspring.

Today: Legislation helps mothers force fathers to pay child support, and DNA testing can be used to prove that a man is the father of a child.

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