AMERICAN NOTES: Disappearing Taboo

"You dirty lover, you dirty lover!" right-wing Republicans shouted at Nelson Rockefeller when he tried to address the 1964 G.O.P. Convention. Aside from challenging their favorite, Barry Goldwater, Rockefeller had committed the sin of divorcing his wife of 32 years and marrying another woman, also divorced.

In the twelve years since that scene, divorce has become widespread, almost common. Last year U.S. divorces exceeded 1 million for the first time. It is thus interesting, but hardly surprising, that divorce is no longer a taboo and has virtually vanished as an issue in...

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