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Reflecting on ASA’s Centennial Year, 2005

At this time 100 years ago . . . the New York City underground subway system was opened, and the next year the American Sociological Society made its not so underground movement more official with its first Annual Meeting and a membership of 115 (1906).

75 years ago . . . Gandhi was leading a revolt in India, a few years later the ASA would lead its own revolt with the first published issue of the American Sociological Review, which was to become the flagship journal of the Association (1936).

50 years ago . . . Rosa Parks started the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott when she refused to give up her seat on a public bus, and in a sheepishly less revolutionary move, the American Sociological Society (ASS) decided to go ahead and give up its “seat” by changing its name to the American Sociological Association (ASA) (1959).

25 years ago . . . smallpox was officially eradicated, and four years later a sociological scientific breakthrough was made when a computer-based index of ASA journals was published (1984).