Politically and culturally, we are witnessing a journey to ‘abnormalcy’

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A hundred years ago, in 1920, America was in chaos; World War I had ended two years prior, a Red Scare had been sweeping through the country, a bomb blew up in Wall Street, and Spanish Influenza ravaged the world. Warren G. Harding ran the slogan “a return to normalcy” during his presidential campaign. A hundred years have passed; it is now 2021 and we couldn’t be further from normal. When will the cycle stop? Read full article here

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