Why Do We Go to Prom?

From Origin Of Everything.

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Prom has become the defining moment of many American students’ high school experiences. But why has a single night of partying come to represent a crucial coming of age moment? Today, Danielle examines the history of prom and how Hollywood uses prom movies to critique or reenforce mainstream American Culture.

Written and Hosted by: Danielle Bainbridge
Produced by Complexly for PBS Digital Studios
#Prom #ComingOfAge #RitesOfPassage

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