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"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" --"The New Colossus"

"The intellectuals could not, of course, actually prevent the masses from attaining literacy. But they could prevent them reading literature by making it too difficult for them to understand—and this is what they did. The early twentieth century saw a determined effort, on the part of the European intelligentsia, to exclude the masses from culture. In England this movement has become known as modernism. --John Carey, The Intellectuals and the Masses, p. 16-17

This page Masses is part of the politics series.Illustration:Liberty Leading the People (1831, detail) by Eugène Delacroix.
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Illustration:Liberty Leading the People (1831, detail) by Eugène Delacroix.
This page Masses is part of the bread and circuses series. Illustration: Pollice Verso by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1872
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Illustration: Pollice Verso by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1872

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The Masses is the plural of mass, especially when referring to multiple groups of people or to the "commoners", the main toiling part of the population.

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