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Facts in Babbitt

Facts Examples in Babbitt:

Chapter I

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"the Boosters' Club..."   (Chapter I)

Booster clubs are organization that form to coordinate events and raise money for clubs, sports, teams, schools, and other community organizations. They are a particularly popular component of U.S. high schools.

"Phi Beta Kappa..."   (Chapter I)

The Phi Beta Kappa society is the oldest and most prestigious honor society for liberal arts and sciences. It became the first collegiate Greek-letter fraternity at the College of William and Mary in 1776. The “key” is Phi Beta Kappa’s symbol, given to members to display their membership in society. The key is engraved with a pointing figure, three stars, and the three Greek letters of the society's name.

"Legion of Honor..."   (Chapter I)

The Legion of Honor is the highest order of merit in the French military. It was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. It has five distinct ranks of honor both military and civil.

"the Brotherly and Protective Order of Elks..."   (Chapter I)

The Brotherly and Protective Order of Elk is a fraternal order that was established in 1868. A fraternal order is an organized group of men that espouse traits that are religious, chivalric or semi-chivalric, or academic. They typically serve to create social and cultural bonds between men that will be economically or socially advantageous in the future. The Order of Elk at this time was a charitable service and a major organization in the U.S.

"Verona been at it again! 'Stead of sticking to Lilidol, like I've re-peat-ed-ly asked her, she's gone and gotten some confounded stinkum stuff that makes you sick!..."   (Chapter I)

Lilidol was a type of toothpaste, and here Babbitt uses religious language to discuss the products that he is loyal to. He calls his daughter’s toothpaste “heathen toothpaste” because it is not the right brand. Since a “heathen” is a person who does not belong to a widely held religion and is thought to lack cultural and moral principles, Babbitt is suggesting that loyalty to a brand is akin to loyalty to God, thereby blending religion and consumerism.

"the prohibition-era..."   (Chapter I)

Prohibition was an era in the U.S. in which the consumption, production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcohol was prohibited by the constitution. Between 1920 and 1933, it was illegal for all U.S. citizens to consume alcohol. While this law was supposed to keep citizens safe from alcohol, it actually gave rise to more nefarious ways of consuming alcohol, namely, buying black market booze from gangsters or brewing “moonshine,” an extremely potent and sometimes fatal home-brewed liquor.

"the Associated Press..."   (Chapter I)

The Associated Press is a news agency headquartered in New York City. The AP is cooperatively owned by a number of news organization that contribute stories to the publication.

"a Little Theater play..."   (Chapter I)

A Little Theater is a small independent theater used for experimental, avant-garde plays and community productions.

"histologist..."   (Chapter VII)

A histologist is an expert or specialist in the field of histology, which studies the microscopic structure of biological tissue.

"Victrola..."   (Chapter VII)

Victrola was a popular brand of cabinet phonograph, which was large vinyl record player inset within a typically wooden cabinet.

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