How long does it take the public to change its mind about important social issues? Things like interracial marriage, prohibition, same sex marriage, prohibition, women’s suffrage and recreational marijuana? Aex Tribou and Keith Collins answer that question with these easy-to-digest timelines over at Bloomberg.
Social change in the U.S. appears to follow a pattern: A few pioneer states get out front before the others, and then a key event—often a court decision or a grassroots campaign reaching maturity—triggers a rush of state activity that ultimately leads to a change in federal law.
This change happens rapidly - or not, depending on your point of view.