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July 19, 2016
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Pop culture has long been a mobilizing force for social issues, and Norman Lear’s pioneering 1970s sitcoms brought them into America’s living rooms. In one famous episode of Maude from 1972, the year before Roe v Wade was passed, 47-year-old Maude decided to get an abortion.

At gunpoint, the woman stretched her hands above her head and pleaded for her life. Pearly Mae, a character in the television series Underground, would escape death at the hands of a slave catcher in the scene but sacrificed her freedom so her...

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