The Hats Men Wore In America – What Happened?

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Who Killed Men’s Hats? Think Of A Three Letter Word Beginning With ‘I’
By Robert Krulwich

A hundred years ago — and that’s when this picture was taken, in 1912 — men didn’t leave home without a hat. Boys wore caps. This is a socialist political rally in Union Square in Manhattan. There may be a bare head or two in this crowd, but I think those heads are women’s.

The Library of Congress/via flickr

Here’s another rally, Union Square again. This time it’s an Occupy Wall Street demonstration. A hundred years have passed. Same place. Same kind of crowd. But this time: hardly a hat.

“An Occupy Wall Street gathering in Union Square, Nov. 17, 2011.”Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Flip back one more time. We’re back, I think, in Union Square, with Emma Goldman arriving by car. She’s another socialist (this isn’t an…

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