Brittany Hayes

About Brittany

“…Men of Massachusetts, I beg, I implore, I demand, pity and protection for these of my suffering, outraged sex!”—Dorothea Dix, Memorial to the Legislature of Massachusetts Mental illness was no new phenomenon in nineteenth century America, and in reality, it did not discriminate in whom it afflicted. Men and women alike suffered, but society placed… MORE

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With a variety of leisure opportunities, from vaudeville theaters and nickelodeons to dance halls and amusement parks, New York City was an urban Mecca of possibilities for amusement-seekers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The city offered innumerable ways to take one’s mind off the stresses of everyday life. There were also extracurricular… MORE

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Looking the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair in the context of World War II shows the globally famous event was fertile ground for acting out major tensions of the day. With the theme “World of Tomorrow” and presentations such as “Mrs. Modern” versus “Mrs. Drudge” in a dishwashing contest, organizers and sponsors clearly highlighted the… MORE

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