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[VIDEO] June 18, 1964 | David Brinkley’s Journal: Election Year in Averagetown

June 18, 1964 - NBC correspondent David Brinkley wished to know where “Averagetown, U.S.A.” was and what was on the minds of its residents. So, the U.S. Census Bureau fired up their gigantic computers to find the answer, calculating which place had exactly the same kinds of people, income, employment, social structure, and voting habits as the national average. The answer: Salem, N.J. In this documentary, Mr. Brinkley presents a snapshot portrait of “Averagetown, U.S.A.”

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