At the beginning of the play, Lee Baum and Arthur Robertson both
Start: Lee: There have been only two American disasters that were truly national. Not the first or second World Wars, Vietnam, or even the Revolution. Only the Civil War and the Great Depression touched nearly everyone wherever they lived and whatever their social class.
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End: Lee: For them the clock would never strike midnight, the dance and the music would never stop…
Arthur Miller. The American Clock. Methuen London Ltd., 1983. pp.1-2.
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