This is a promising start:
Tom Wolfe was once asked, What is the most important change of your lifetime? He is purported to have answered, “Oh, that’s easy. Co-ed dorms.”
My own gloss on that answer is that we spend a lot of our time debating political events and the choices leaders make. But the most important changes are the shifts in culture, ideas and mentalities that people usually don’t even notice until after the fact. In 1960, it would have been absurd for most colleges to have co-ed dorms. A short time later, they were unremarkable.
The full blog is here. I wonder if blogs will be part of the looming NYT paywall.