I was another kid who stuck her nose into my mom's dog-eared copy of Dr. Spock :).
The McCarthy period had an amazing chilling affect on school curricula across the country. I have college freshmen and sophomores who have no clue who Karl Marx was - several thought he was one of the Marx brothers! :(
It is impossible to teach social stratification without examining his theories, along with those of Weber. My international students are usually stunned when we have these discussions, since they all read these theories in High School - no matter whether they are capitalists, socialists, or from former Soviet controlled countries.
Thank you. My parents are also deceased - but I have every book they ever owned, and I still re-read many of them. I can remember my mom deciding that we didn't need new couch covers - and buying a book instead. Growing up, with my dad a struggling grad student, we had very little money, so access to the library was key.
story with an "outsiders" ear - so if you came away with that impression - that's good.
I guess it sounded weak to me because I know more of the details. Also - as a former radio journalist,
I tend to be critical of stories like that one - which was filed with just the reporter talking - not much production work went into the piece.