Chapter 2 - Chapter 2: Preindustrial families and the...

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Chapter 2: Preindustrial families and the emergence of a modern family form 1. Family and the New Social history a. What is “New” about family history? i.Become exciting, multidisciplinary field ii.Focus is on everyday life, and social class and ethnicity 1. African Americans, immigrants, women and children iii.More complex answers brought about the truth that there is no one family form iv. FAMIL Y RECONS TITU TION: brings together scattered information about family members in a number of successive generations v. Done by getting all available information about births, marriages, deaths vi. AGGER GATE D ATA A NALYSIS: analyzing records at different points in time in order to develop a picture of trends 2. Overview of family history themes a. Diversity i.Several families were present since the beginning of family life ii.Property less husbands, yeomen farmers, artisans, and common laborers iii.Most of the population was from Europe and Asia and Africa iv.American Indians were about half a million and lived in 600 societies but were not counted in the census b. Uneven change i. Changes don’t happen uniformily through the society ii.“checkered” different rates of change c. Human agency i.People of the past adjusted to macro-level changes social and economical changes 3. Family life in colonial America a. Marcostructural conditions and family life i.The family was the most important institution in helping the settlers adapt to the New World conditions
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ii. GODLY FAMIL Y:
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