A (Brief) History of the American Family

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A (Brief) History of the American Family - American families different from European families o People married for love o More emotional warmth o Decline in wife beating and corporal punishment - Women and men both worked in and around their homes - Fathers took large role in raising children, especially sons … Then came the Industrial Revolution - Work moved away from home and farm to factory and office - Men entered industrialized workplace, women stayed home - Domestic work no longer viewed as work, but as God-given mission - Poor women and women of color barred from this idealized family form Separate Spheres - Industrial Revolution divided spheres into private and public - Separate spheres brought separate expectations from mothers and fathers - Currently, those expectations are converging (but are not yet the same) - Race and class shape those expectations … Then came World War II - Women entered paid workforce in large numbers - Massive government expenditures - Age of first marriage decreased, people had more children (The Baby Boom)
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.

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