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The Shorts Protest of 1930 brought more than 600 students to the steps of Robinson Hall at Dartmouth College. Courtesy of Rauner Library, Dartmouth College

John Fetterman might be the first to try to bare his legs in the Senate, but shorts have been ticking people off for almost a century

Deirdre Clemente, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

As fashion norms change, what people wear in public becomes ground zero for hashing out new ideas of race, class and gender.

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