9. New York City's Greenwich Village (and its off-Broadway theaters).

Many of the most important new trends and causes in America - the civil-rights struggle, feminism, equal rights for gays, environmentalism, economic equality - got their first hearing in these small theaters, which continue to perform a similar function today, exposing all of us to novel political and social ideas. Here's a remarkable chance to expand your consciousness.

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Many of the most important new trends and causes in America - the civil-rights struggle, feminism, equal rights for gays, environmentalism, economic equality - got their first hearing in these small theaters, which continue to perform a similar function today, exposing all of us to novel political and social ideas. Here's a remarkable chance to expand your consciousness.

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