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  • adj. Usually used before century to indicate the middle part of the 20th Century, which could refer to events in the 1940s, the 1950s or the 1960s. However, in architecture, preservation, and real estate, it is commonly being used to refer to the period after World War II to the mid-1970s.


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  • Roosevelt won four elections, all by landslides, and the Democratic Party, whose platform was rebuilt on New Deal ideas, controlled the federal government for most of the mid-twentieth century.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • It was certainly self-evident in the mid-twentieth century, when the notion of interference reigned supreme.

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  • Filled with unforgettable characters, settings, and action, The Irresistible Henry House portrays the cultural tumult of the mid-twentieth century even as it explores the inner tumult of a young man trying to transcend a damaged childhood.

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  • (I have always liked that he also tried the reverse with Nothing Like the Sun (1964), which is not pure Elizabethan pastiche, but is certainly not written as though Shakespeare spoke in the mid-twentieth century.)

    "And the bone shall never heal. I care not if you kneel."

  • Elected officials and wanna-be-elected presidential candidates lament the dependence on imported oil, the price of gasoline and the alleged costs of subsidizing the clean tech industries, but the solutions they propose remain mid-twentieth century: more oil drilling, maintaining subsidies and other benefits for oil and gas producers, pipelines across irreplaceable farmland and aquifers, and rolling back environmental regulations that protect health and safety to reduce costs.

    Sarah A. W. Fitts: Freedom Is an Electric Car

  • Mackey is a visitor to Brazil, not in Bishop's mid-twentieth century when that country's indigenous culture still retained some quotient of innocence and insularity but rather in the third millennium, a time fraught with environmental destruction, drug trafficking and when the abandonment and orphaning of children is an epidemic, and life has been cheapened in value:

    Joan Gelfand: The Sugar Zone Is Bittersweet

  • In the mid-twentieth century, general-interest magazines like The Saturday Evening Post shrank, physically and in number.

    The Comeback of Vanished Fictional Forms

  • Despite the gains of the labor unions in the early through mid-twentieth century, with the single failure to organize the South effectively, the American working class has often resisted the notion that they were all "brothers" so long as there was a class of consistently underpaid workers who would be chained, almost literally, to a caste system.

    Joel Shatzky: Educating for Democracy: A House Divided Against Itself

  • From the mid-twentieth century on, our knowledge of world civilizations and societies coalesced to provide an unprecedented overview of the sexual and familial relations of power because that is when we also began valuing the world's art in all its forms with equal ethno-cultural valuation.

    G. Roger Denson: Gender as Performance & Script: Reading the Art of Yvonne Rainer, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Charlesworth & Lorna Simpson After Eve Sedgwick & Judith Butler

  • By the mid-twentieth century, Iraq was one of the most modern countries in the region.

    Day of Honey


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