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Small Town... With a Spectacular History, page 13

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up with the correct functioning of every zone of that universe and particularly with the release of every object in it. Because your undertaking is going well, a little more health is being spread in the human mass, and in consequence a little more liberty to act, to think and to love." The community of Oakland presents such a miniature potential.

Martin Schorer in his biography of Sinclair Lewis says: "By 1920 (the year of the publication of "Main Street") the village as an important unit in capitalist economy had ceased to exist, had become backwash, and, with that life gone from it, its social and moral attitudes had become fixed in the rigidities of the past. The war was necessary to the discovery of what had happened. Thousands of intelligent young people had for two decades been fleeing to the cities; those who could not, the many who were left behind, were frustrated and corrupted in their discontent." (p. 271) But the sociological status of the small town has, since World War II, Oakland a case in point, developed an unprecedented evaluation of the good life—"a place where an American can put his roots—America at its kindest, its friendliest, its human best."

So today we see the urbanite who would be enfranchised from the sordid, and often violent and traffic-jammed condition of the big city,


Felix G. Robinson


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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