When Dorothy Day was 15...

"I believe all of us want the same things---we're all together, the industrial workers and the women and the farmers and the Negro race and the Asiatic colonies, and even a few of the Respectables. It's all the same revolt, in all the classes that have waited and taken advice. I think perhaps we want a more conscious life. We're tired of drudging and sleeping and dying. We're tired of seeing just a few people able to be individualists...We're tired of hearing the politicians and priests and cautious reformers (and the husbands) coax us,  'Be calm! Be patient! Wait! We have the plans for a Utopia already made; just give us a bit more time and we'll produce it; trust us; we're wise than you.'  For ten thousand years they've said that. We want our Utopia now---and we're going to try our hands at it.  All we want is---everything for all of us! For every housewife and every longshoreman and every Hindu nationalist and every teacher. We want everything...."  ---Carol Kennicott to Guy Pollack in 1912 in Sinclair Lewis' MAIN STREET.


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