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The Portrayal Of African American Families

- The portrayal of African American families has changed drastically since the 1950s. The media’s wide representation of African American families has varied from television and literature. The families differ in economic classes, generational differences and their sense of cultural heritage. Literary works such as Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Alice Walker’s Everyday Use depiction of families differs from television’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Blackish. Although they are all African American families, they each face different problems with society....   [tags: Family, African American, Social movement]

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Culture Issues Of African American Families

- Cultural issues encompass all factors of society that influence people’s opinions, beliefs, and choices like public relations, religion, politics, and media to name but a few (IHE, 2015). It is vital to analyze the role of culture issues in society to fathom factors that affect a community. Every community faces complex problems regarding government, healthcare, education, and socialization structures. The ability to understand cultural facets that influence residents’ decisions is imperative in solving social challenges....   [tags: African American, Black people, White American]

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Trends in African American Families

- Research studies have shown that African Americans are currently the least likely ethnic group to be married in this country. This paper will examine some of the reasons why this trend exists when there was a time when marriage rates among blacks were about equal to those of whites. History, culture, economics and dominant culture influences have impacted the current trends in African American families. Many are choosing to postpone marriage, while others are finding alternative ways to cultivate family and raise children....   [tags: nonmarital sex and unwed parenthood]

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American Families

- Gail Sheely once said, “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. And if we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” The family, especially in America, is the epitome of this quote – the American family is always growing and changing (not always for the better) and finding new ways and ideas that are constantly redefining the word family. Over the past century, the structure of families has changed greatly. Also, the roles and responsibilities of the individual members of families have changed drastically....   [tags: family, values, morals, nuclear family, society]

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The Child Rearing Process Throughout African American Families

- The child rearing process in African American families differ from those raised in White American families. Black families culture have a strong sense of traditions far more than their white counterparts. Although the two cultures are very different in many ways there are a significant amount of similarities between the two in their child rearing process African Americans have a good percentage of single parent households which is mostly the mother without the father. In the journal by (Gooddrum, 2012), ‘According to the 2009 United States Census, 67% of youth in the United States are living in single-parent households.’ This makes it hard on the family and they are in a...   [tags: African American, White American]

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The Role Of Role Flexibility Among African American Families

- The two ethnic groups that the writer decided to observe are Italians and African- Americans’ families. In African-American families, the mother sometimes plays the role of the father and thus functions as the head of the family. This was the case of the family the writer observed. In addition, older children sometimes function as parents or caretakers for younger children. The concept of role flexibility among African-American families can be extended to include the parental role assumed by grandfather, grandmother, aunts, and cousins (Boyd-Franklin, 1989)....   [tags: Family, African American, Italian American]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' Two American Families '

- ... Gans. is a big fan of poverty. In his essay, “The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All,” he explains the benefits of having poor people in society. “The existence of poverty ensures that society’s “dirty work” will be done.” -Herbert J. Gans (Gans, 1971.) He believes that the poverty level needs to be relatively high to support the comfortable lives of middle and upper class people. The working poor support the other classes. However, it is very difficult for people in the lower class to make a move upwards....   [tags: Poverty, Working class]

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A Raisin in the Sun and Modern American Families

- Many modern families need things; they are hard pressed to make ends meet. Fathers and mothers want to be able to provide a comfortable and privileged life for their children. Just as in real life, Hansberry portrayed the family interactions within the play A Raisin in the Sun with this in mind. The younger family represents any lower-class family in America, not just those of colored descent. Every family deals with in-laws. Whether far away, or in the same house, in-laws affect a family, even after they have passed....   [tags: lower-class, family, children]

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The Frontline Documentary ' Two American Families '

- ... Welfare Capitalism wasn’t supportive enough to survive. Not only was Tony in search, but Terry had surrendered her life as a stay home in order to help try to support their family (Frontline Video, 2013). The children of the family had even began offering to sell their toys and collectable cards to help their parents fight off the pile of bills and warnings that laid on their dining room table every afternoon (Frontline Video, 2013). With the bill and payment collectors constantly calling them to inform them of their debt, stress levels turned to an all time high (Frontline Video, 2013)....   [tags: Mother, Family, Father, Economics]

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Analysis Of Trp : Changing American Families

- ... This is why the different classes have different goals. If they are working towards self accomplishment their family and what they have done will be significantly less important than if they are trying to preserve their legacy and live up to it. In my mind both of these classes are pushed to accomplish great things, but the upper class can be more dependent on what their family has done than the middle class can. This helps to strengthen the class divides because all the money and power will stay with the select few, while everyone is will have to work just to try to accomplish half of what the upper class is being handed....   [tags: Middle class, Working class, Social class]

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Adoption Of Chinese Girls By American Families

- ... The three day exploration part of the trip is shared with multiple other future parents, awaiting the same thrill. All if this so far seems like an amazing situation for the children and the parent, but could their be an underlying force driving the process that makes these adoptions possible. Perhaps capitalism is driving people in China to “harvest” these children to make the large profit involved with the adoption. As stated above, one child can cost around ten thousand dollars, possibly even more....   [tags: Adoption, Family, Family law, Orphanage]

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Modern American Families And Modern Society

- An average American family in today’s society usually consists of a mother, a father, and a child, or children, whom the father, or mother, or both, work to provide for their family or take care of their children and household. It wasn’t always this case. Modern American families and modern society are the result of the significantly changed roles of women that has happened over the past century. For many years, women were given the role as “housewives” and were expected to stay at home, care for their children, keep the house nice and clean, and to comfort the husband in any way when he was home....   [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper]

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Working Thesis : African American Families

- Working Thesis: In African American families, some fathers don’t understand the importance of being present and participating in their children’s lives. The intention of this essay is to show that an absent father can extensively affect their children mentally and physically. It will be debated that inattentive fathers should be willing to make a change for the lives of their children. Blow, Charles M. "Black Dads Are Doing Best of All." The New York Times. The New York Times, 08 June 2015. Web....   [tags: Mother, Father, Family, Fatherhood]

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American Families Caught in the Cycle of Poverty

- The rise in poverty is related to the Great Recession of 2007 which continues to the present day. The recession has lead to a decrease in jobs because many companies are trying to save money so they do not have to close their doors. While many economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research has stated that the recession has ended it still has not shown an increase in jobs. Robert Reich of the Business Insider estimates it will be another 5-8 years before the job market increases to the point it was before the recession, not including the jobs that were lost during the recession.¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ This means it will be at least another 5-8 years before poverty levels start to decrease to a sustai...   [tags: US poverty essay]

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Different Types of American Families

- Family Norms This is a guide to the norms of an American family; if you are not from America and plan to live here you will find this information useful. Family to most Americans is one of the most cherished aspects of America. All families are different; but as a part of the American society they share certain norms. A typical American family is the nuclear family; this consists of the mother father and children. The nuclear family is the most common type of family. A polygamous family includes more than one spouse....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Changing American Families Positive And Negative Effects On Children

- The Changing American Families Positive and Negative effects on Children American families have endured a plethora of significant changes since the 1900’s to include the family structure, marriage and divorce rates, cohabitation, childbearing, economic conditions, feminist movement, and etc. These important factors have both positive and negative effects on the health of the overall family as well as its members, especially the children. Recent and past researchers have investigated and performed studies that indicate substantial evidence that these modifications to the American families structure or the family formation critically influences a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional well...   [tags: Family, Marriage, Mother, Father]

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Marriage Rates And Its Effect On American Families

- In many cultures around the world and in America, marriage is seen as the ultimate milestone in people 's lives. When one thinks about getting married, they expect to have stability between partners, commitment to one another and to show the world that they have moved on to another chapter of their lives. But, within the last couple of decades divorce rates reached up to 50% in America in the late 1970s (Miller 2014). Currently, this rate has decreased slowly but not huge amounts. These high divorce rates have a huge impact on American families and has led to the deinstitutionalization of marriage: the weakening of social norms that define partner 's behaviors....   [tags: Marriage, Wedding, Family, Divorce]

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Why The African American Families Are Becoming Numb Or More Than?

- For as long as can remember, the ideal family household consisted of the male/father as the bread winner, provider, and head of the household, and female/mother, and children as members of this family. This image was embedded in us through our social class, our parents, our community, and the social media. The families of today have drastically changed, and are more complex in the family role. As time progresses, divorce rates are at an all time high, and single parent homes are even higher. To top it off we can’t turn on the TV or computer without seeing or hearing about gay/lesbian marriage or states legalizing same sex marriage....   [tags: African American, Family, Marriage, Black people]

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Changing American Families

- Changing American Families The children are leaving for school just as father grabs his briefcase and is off to work. Meanwhile, mother finishes clearing the breakfast dishes and continues on with her day filled with PTA, housework, and the preparation of a well-balanced meal to be enjoyed by all when father gets home promptly at 6:00 p.m. This would have to be a scene from "Father Knows Best", Leave It to Beaver" or that of a family during or before the sixties. Only a small minority of contemporary families fit the mold of being a "nuclear" family today....   [tags: Papers]

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The Influence of Technology on American Families

- When there are more television sets than members of a household under one roof, it is obvious that technology and media has greatly effected the contemporary American family. There are many forces and pressures that help to shape the American family that we all see, as well as, are a part of today. Technology and media has brought us very far as a country, but has also inflicted upon norms of yesterday. Technology is growing now just as fast as ever before and families are constantly changing because of it....   [tags: World Cultures]

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African American Maids And Southern White Families

- ... Black women are having a tough time too. Sandra Bland, died in police custody after getting arrested at a traffic stop, Tanisha Anderson, a mentally ill woman died after police slammed her head into the ground outside of her home, Yvette Smith was shot as she opened the front door of her home to the police, these incidents are also just a few of a long list of African Americans getting discriminated against by police officers (King, Sandra Bland Joins Long List of Black Women to Die in Police Custody, Mic)....   [tags: United States, African American, Race]

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Comparison and Contrast between American and Indian Families

- ... The limited time frame in which Arun lives with the Pattons does not provide extensive insight of the family’s life. Because of this particular way that Desai chose to write about the Pattons, the reader is led to believe that affiliations with extended family are inexistent in the American family’s household. The consolidated nature of Indian families gives extended family members the power to have great influence over their younger relatives. If this aspect of Indian family life holds true, then it is natural for parents to have a colossal amount of influence over their children....   [tags: Fasting and Feasting by Anita Desai]

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Changes that Affect the Structure and Functioning of Contemporary American Families

- Changes that Affect the Structure and Functioning of Contemporary American Families Did you know in a national study of high school seniors, 76 percent said it was "extremely important" to have a good marriage and family life. Did you know a husband-wife family in the U.S. may spend as much as a third of their annual income on a child. Did you know that in 1948, nearly half of the public said there were some racial or ethnic groups with whom they would prefer not to work, including African Americans, Mexicans, Filipinos, Chinese, Jews, and Italians; in 1993 only 9 percent felt this way....   [tags: Papers]

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The Internet Has a Negative Impact on American Families

- The Internet Has a Negative Impact on American Families Does the Internet truly have a negative impact on today’s family life. Many say that is most definitely does. Have you ever known someone who is obsessed with the Internet or spends more time on the Internet than they had intended to. You might begin to think they are addicted. Ricco Siasoco defines Internet addiction as “a broad term including users addicted to chat rooms, auctions, web surfing, among others.” These other Internet addictions may include cyber relationships, gaming, and trading....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Papers]

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Megans Law: Protecting American Families Everywhere

- Megan’s Law: Protecting American Families Everywhere In the summer of 1994 in Hamilton, New Jersey, a small girl by the name of Megan Kanka was raped and murdered by a convicted pedophile, Jesse Timmendequas. The shocking crime rocked not only the small town, but the entire country. A desperate mother told reporters “Please, please help us find our daughter, she’s a wonderful girl ... she’s only seven. Let her come back.” (www.crimelibrary.com) No mother should ever have to beg for her daughter’s life....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Everyday Use by Alice Walker: A Look at Symbolism and Family Values

- Alice Walkers “Everyday Use”, is a story about a family of African Americans that are faced with moral issues involving what true inheritance is and who deserves it. Two sisters and two hand stitched quilts become the center of focus for this short story. Walker paints for us the most vivid representation through a third person perspective of family values and how people from the same environment and upbringing can become different types of people. Like most peoples families there is a dynamic of people involved, although all from the same environment and teachings, it is ultimately an accumulation of personal experiences that shape us and defines how we perceive our existence....   [tags: dee, mama, african american families]

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Fuch's The American Way of Families: Is the Dream Really as Sweet as Apple Pie?

- Fuch's "The American Way of Families": Is the Dream Really as Sweet as Apple Pie. There were a few aspects of Lawrence H. Fuchs's essay The American Way of Families that I found extraordinarily interesting. He discusses influences of the modern American family that I found quite bizarre. Fuch also labels the key component to the American family as being none other than the gratification and pursuit of one's own self being. The most bizarre thing that overcame after reading this piece was that I found myself to be in total agreement with Fuch....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Growth and Influence of Radio Broadcasting in the Unite States

- “The growth and influence of radio broadcasting in the United States is one of the most dramatic chapters in the history of communication. In less than three decades 90.7 percent of…families..have acquired radio receivers. This means 33,998,000 “radio homes” or about 130,000,000 potential listeners” (Bartlett). For countless years in the United States, Americans have turned on the switches of their radios, whether in their cars, in their homes, or in their workplaces, and they have been greeted with the sound of the most popular music at the time and radio hosts discussing the most controversial topics of the time....   [tags: communication, families, american cultre]

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Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, And The Great Soviet And American Plutonium Disasters

- Imagine working with radioactive materials in a secret camp, and the government not telling you that this material is harmful to your body. In the book Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters by Kate Brown, she takes her readers on a journey to expose what happened in the first two cities that started producing plutonium. Brown is an Associate Professor of History at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has won a handful of prizes, such as the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History, and was also a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow....   [tags: Cold War, Nuclear weapon, Radioactive decay]

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Effects of Changing Times on Families Explained in "The Changing American Family" by Beam and "The American Family Is No More" by Bidwell

- ... I think that she was trying to show the reader that just because thinks are changing that there still are families that whether they are “traditional” are still fully functioning families nonetheless. These authors all express how the traditional family has changed and how there is no such thing as a traditional American family anymore, I believe that this is absolutely true times have changed and so has family’s. In my life at 20 years old I already know a hand full of friends my age who have kids, many of which are interracial and many also do not have their father with the baby....   [tags: gay, traditional, divorce]

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Hopes in the Red, White, and Blue: The American Dream

- A group of people riding a ship are being tossed by high waves and scorched by the hot sun. They feel tired, hungry, cold, and yet a fierce light burns within them. As they look across the ocean, they see something that will change their lives forever. Green grass and tall trees that seem to touch the sky stretch across the horizon as they look towards it with hope. All they want is a fresh start and all they dream about is a safe life, one they can call their own. This land and source of hope is America....   [tags: america, freedom, families, friends]

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The Changing American Family by Natalie Angier

- “Christmas must be crazy.” This is the traditional comment that I have received time and time again for my remarkably nontraditional family, which consists of five stepbrothers, one stepsister, two half-sisters, my little brother, my stepmother and father, my mother and her fiancee (with his own set of children!) as well as the legions of extended family and my host family in Ecuador, not including the numerous friends on campus and elsewhere who affectionately refer to me as 'Mom', 'Mother', or 'Momma', and who are considered practically family by this point....   [tags: traditional families, nontraditional family]

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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

- amilies Undisputedly poverty has been one of the major persistent social problems in the United States for hundreds of years. Poverty does not discriminate against Caucasians, African-Americans, Hispanics, Jews, homosexuals, heterosexuals, age, gender, or persons with disabilities. Poverty can strike any population, community, ethnic group, and family. According to the U.S Census Bureau, 43.6 million people were in poverty in 2009 which was an increase from 2008. (Insert citation for website). There are multiple causes of why a family or individual can fall into poverty, which includes but not limited to, disability, unemployment, age, and recessions, as for which we have seen through the 20...   [tags: American Government, Welfare, Poverty]

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Families in the Call to Home by Carol Stack

- Families in the Call to Home by Carol Stack The families in the Call to Home by Carol Stack do not fit with the normal American household described by Haviland. A normal American household includes the parents and the children only. An aunt raising her nieces and nephews with her own children while their parents are living up North is not considered a normal household. Parents and children are separated with part of the children living with one parent and the others are living with grandparents....   [tags: American Culture Industrialization Family Essays]

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Reforming American Welfare Programs

- From the years 2008 to 2013, the United States Federal Government spent over 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs (The New Normal: Welfare is Now America’s Most Popular Occupation, Husley). These government assistance programs have come to be abused by many Americans, and this is a problem that needs to be stopped. If the American welfare system can be reformed, it will reduce the strain it is putting on the United States’ already fragile financial system. In order to help the country out of debt and many Americans out of poverty, the American welfare programs must develop more vigorous requirements for citizens to qualify for benefits in addition to reducing the time period of assistanc...   [tags: popular occupation, needy families]

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Navajo Indians See the Importance of Supporting their Families and Communities

- The Navajo nation is the largest U.S Indian tribe. It has more than 250,000 people. They are located in Northern New Mexico, a portion of southern Utah, and part of northern Arizona. They first descended from the Apaches, who came from the Pueblos. Their native language is Athapaskan. “Navajo” came from the word navahu’u meaning “farm fields in the valley.” The Spanish chroniclers first referred to the Navajos as Apaches de Nabajo’ meaning Apaches who farm in the valley. Then the name was eventually shortened to the Navajo....   [tags: Native Americans, American Indians,]

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American Servicemen and Women: True Heroes

- It is an honor to have the best men and women defending the freedom of the United States of America. Without them, the celebrities, sports figures, and cultural icons would not be able to enjoy the things that do on a regular basis. The service men and women sacrifice so much for our freedom, they in turn lay their own lives on the line for us daily. In return they receive minimal pay and leave their loved ones behind. In reality these men and women are the real heroes. Today’s heroes are determined by a person’s eyes rather than their heart....   [tags: military issues, military families]

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American Cultural Myths

- The United States and cultural myths pertaining to this country have been a topic of discussion for many years. Stephanie Coontz’s “The Way We Wish We Were”, David Brooks’ “One Nation Slightly Divisible” and Margaret Atwood’s “A Letter to America” are all essays about different American cultural myths. Each author focuses on a different cultural myth that pertains to the United States. They explain how these myths are thwarting a realistic view of America. As well as changing the perception of the country as a whole....   [tags: ideal families, ideal lifestyles, ideal country]

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Historical and Current Roles of Families and Parents

- Historical and Current Roles of Families and Parents      The central theme of this essay is empowerment and the roles that parents, schools and professionals take on in the quest for the best educational decisions for those children with disabilities and those children that are gifted and talented. It is important to understand the historical development of family-professional relationships to fully comprehend the significance how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go.       In Chapter One, the authors discuss the eight major roles that families and parents have experienced over time....   [tags: The American Family]

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Families NOT the Source of All Evil

- Families NOT the Source of All Evil      According to Barbara Ehrenreich in “Are Families Dangerous?,” families are the most dangerous place to be, because of several reasons. First, for women the most unsafe place to be is inside her own home. This is because the people who love you the most are the ones who abuse and murder their loved ones. According to Charles Fourier, “the family is the barrier to human progress,” which leads me to believe that Ehrenreich is trying to portray the family as a downside to our society instead of a positive aspect of our lives....   [tags: Are Families Dangerous]

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What Stricter Divorce Laws Could Do For our Families

- Fifty years ago the traditional family was defined as a father and a mother, committed in a marriage, and with this marriage there was the possibility of children. However, over the years, this definition of the “traditional family” has changed. Today, there are more households that are held together either by a single parent, stepparents, or blended families. This can be the result of many possibilities but one of the reasons as to why this change has occurred is the result of an increase in divorce in the United States....   [tags: Marriage Trends, American Family]

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Patterns Of Social Mobility And Their Families From A Social Status Standpoint

- ... Wood wanted us to take from this project. I feel that face-to-face or over-the-phone interviews are much more productive than an email for this project because I could decipher so much emotion from the points that my subjects were stressing to me. The first person I interviewed was a 45-year-old lady named Carol from my hometown who I have known since I was young. She told me she was born into a family with a low socioeconomic status. She was one of seven siblings who grew up on the farm. Their closest neighbor lived two miles away....   [tags: Middle class, Social class, American middle class]

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Divorce is An American Family Tragedy

- In America today, one of our main life goals is to marry the person we fall in love with, live happily ever after, and skip gleefully away to live the American dream. In most cases, after marriage then comes children which starts a family. This has been a part of human nature since the beginning. Marriage and family are the backbone of our culture. Families need each other for support, dependence, learning, love, encouragement, and ultimately survival. Parents are the ones that supply these needs, meanwhile supplying their own needs by depending on each other for love and support....   [tags: Informative Essays Families Marriage Love Papers]

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Exploring How Families Follow the Path of U.S history: Revolution, Slavery and Division in Our Homes Today

- Family Essay “I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another” Thomas Jefferson once said these very true and famous words. This has got me thinking about how U.S history and my family are similar. Believe it or not, this is true. For example, the industrial revolution might be in your house. What if your parents ask you to do things for them. That sounds a lot like the slaves in the south. Sometimes parents are controlling of their kids. Just like the Embargo Act of 1807. Other parents threaten to get a divorce, South Carolina threatened to secede from the Union....   [tags: american history]

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Dysfunctional Families in America

- Over the years family violence has dominated the media where millions of families go through the devastating effects in the family structure. Many have attributed these forms of violence to the way society perceives women as well as their positions in the family. The women are perceived inferior and have a limited value at personal levels, which in most cases, leads to power conflicts between the man, as the head of the family, and the wife. It also leads a number of children and women to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse by a member of the family (Rodriguez 173)....   [tags: Family Dysfunction]

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African American And Indian American

- ... I can say that the races that owns the African American made a lot of money when they enslave them are even sold them off. The Indian American people forms were there was a few of them that was captured and used as slaves. The only thing was they were used bad like the African American people. Looking at the Indians American people I can tell that their form of life was hard like the African American. The reason is they were very powerful people that would go to war, and also do things to other families to prove that they want be slave are used up like they aren 't human....   [tags: African American, Family, Race, Democratic Party]

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Asian Americans : An Asian American

- ... In this way, any changes these cultures attempt to make to disprove their stereotypes would be difficult to remove from society’s minds. While understanding what a stereotype means is important, considering one particular stereotype towards Asian Americans is best to consider next. A very common stereotype that is discussed in Asian American studies is the notion that this group is called the “model minority”. This stereotype claims that Asian Americans are an exemplary group partly due to their high respect for their families and value for education....   [tags: Asian American, United States, White American]

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Effects of the Great Recession on Families

- After the recession following the 9/11 attacks, the United States appeared to be enjoying a period of prosperity. Home values were rising and interest rates were radiatively low. Unemployment was below 5 %. However, there were sounds rippling that those were mainly low paying jobs being created during this period. During the late summer of the 2008 presidential election, John McCain declared that the fundamentals of the economy were sound. By the Fall, this proved not to be the case. America was headed for the worst economic period since The Great Depression....   [tags: economy, housing, jobs]

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Families, The Stanleys And The Neumanns

- ... Smith and had to find work so he can provide for his family. Before he was laid off, he was making something like $20 an hour. But, now he barely gets paid minimum wage. So all of the things he has and was able to be paid for is now a 1 ton weight on their shoulders as they can barely pay for anything. This heavily affected the family because several times they would come home and see, according to Keith Stanley “.. and then there’s a bill on the door saying the water’s cut off. Or there’s a— the guy just called saying he’s going to cut off the phone....   [tags: Poverty, Family, Briggs & Stratton]

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Sexual Orientation Of Adoptive Families

- ... They have to adjust to this change and find a level of comfort with this new addition to their family. Avery’s family had to be strong and accepting of Avery’s desire to find out “who she is”. When Avery made the statement of needing to know who she was, one of her mother’s informed that she is who they raised her to be (Copper, 2009). From the look on her face it was difficult for the mother to hear Avery express confusion about who she is. The issue of confusion of who one is, is an issue that is common in most typical families....   [tags: Family, Adoption, Mother, Father]

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A Knowledgeable Statement About Families

- Bishop Desmond Tutu wrote a knowledgeable statement about families, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” (Tutu, 1986) With that being said, every family has its own unique traditions, values and beliefs. My family’s values are very broad starting from church and going to education. We believe in only drinking moderately and respecting elders. Our traditions go from cooking food and celebrating the holidays, to learning how to swim. The traditions, values and beliefs of my family may have come from very saddening family history pattern, but they have created very well adjusted offspring....   [tags: Family, Nuclear family, Grandparent, Cousin]

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Children Of Single Parent Families

- ... Many researchers report a link between juvenile delinquency and the absence of a parent(s). Because the parent is not always present for support or guidance, the child has a tendency to act out in frustration and distress. The misconduct continues and the child end up in juvenile courts. It is easy to blame a child’s misbehavior as a consequence of divorce. However, much of the time it is true. A lack of parental supervision leaves a child deprived of discipline and in need of adequate role models....   [tags: Family, Divorce, Marriage, Childhood]

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A Reflection On American History

- ... In slavery when a master brought a slave, he or she was making an investment and would make sure he or she could get a few good years of work from the slave. With the prisoners, the owners of the company did not care about the prisoners living longer, because it was cheap and easy to replace a prisoner. After watching the documentary, I can honestly see why some African Americans do not trust nor like the American government. African Americans have been burned so many time by the American and this was not different during this time....   [tags: African American, White American]

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Changing Families, Weakening Bonds

- At the core of every marriage is family, family structure, and family values. These values are passed down from generation to generation. However in recent years the standard North American family has shifted. With the increase in divorce and cohabitation; marriage is not the only space in which a family/ children can be raised. With the rise in divorce, there has been in an increase in the number of step-families in the American society. Equally as important, with the recent change in laws, most couple decide to cohabitate....   [tags: Cohabitation, Parental Responsibilities]

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The Decay of the American Culture

- Anxiety and affluence are terms that are often applied to the post war decades in an attempt to define them. The newfound wealth that Americans enjoyed after World War II wrought changes on the American social landscape that many may not have been able to predict. The push for heavy consumerism that accompanied the sudden upswing of the U.S. economy gave way to concerns about the decay of moral character in the American home. Increasingly filled with anxieties over the ever-present threat of Communism, which most Americans were aware was an issue they themselves could do little about, the population instead turned towards new distractions, such as television, to attempt to reclaim some sense...   [tags: American Culture]

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Evolutionary Families

- Waking up in the morning and scrambling to finish homework, realizing you left your textbook at your dad’s could be a problem. Your mom is late for work and cannot drive you to your dad’s house. As a result, you will receive a zero for the assignment. A few decades ago, scenarios like this were not prevalent. However, with the change in family structure, this situation is now very common. Over decades, television shows have reflected the social changes of the family structure. Starting with the 1960’s, a family commonly consisted of parents and their children....   [tags: Television]

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Changing Families

- Changing Families and the Impact on Surrounding Systems The family has been referred to as the most vital of the social institutions (Alexander, 2010). The definition of what it means to be a family has evolved over the past several generations. In technical terms, the U.S. Census Bureau defines a family as a group of two or more people residing together related by birth, marriage, or adoption. (U.S. Census, 2010). Categories of families that fit this definition include married couples with and without children, blended families, single parent, and extended family households....   [tags: Sociology, Family]

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The American Fallacy

- George Carlin once said, “They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” Unfortunately, he wasn’t too far from the truth. This American Dream once suggested that hard work would pay off over time. The big house and shiny new car, albeit cliché and materialistic, were the goals through which the people of this country sought rigorous education and a decent salary. Now, with unemployment at an all time high and millions of Americans living below or on the poverty line, it’s difficult to determine whether the dream is to obtain these things or to simply “get by”....   [tags: american dream, job, unequality]

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Women Of The American Civil War

- In the early 1860s, shouting soldiers and devastating divisions among the men and women in both the North and the South brought about the terrifying battles of the American Civil War. To men’s surprise, women inputting more than just their sewing skills became the new normal. While women in the North underwent the misunderstood viewpoints from their fellow white men, women in the South, in particular those of African American descent, still continued to suffer the discriminatory remarks of their times as fugitives....   [tags: African American, American Civil War, Black people]

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The Appearance Of African American Audiences

- You lay on your couch after a long day of work and turn your television on. After skimming through the hundreds of channels, you finally arrive at your preferred show. But wait. The characters you had grown to love are now represented by a completely different race. Suddenly you no longer feel that same correspondence to the show you once had and change the channel. This time you stop at a different show, but notice that you watch this television series just as frequently. Surprisingly, the lead character has changed his profession in the episode from a doctor, to a servant....   [tags: White American, Race, Racism, African American]

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Families Who Relocate

- Moving from one culture to another can be quite overwhelming for some families. Being use to one way of living can affect how some families adapt to new cultures or social classes. There are numerous influences on families when they are exposed to different environments. The traditions and beliefs people believe in can be affected by the influences of a new environment. Experiencing a new culture has positive and negative influences on families through their beliefs, lifestyles, and living environments....   [tags: Culture]

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The Evolution of the American Dream

- Comparing the perspective of the American dream in the 1920’s to the American Dream in the 1940’s and present day seems to be a repeating cycle. The American dream is always evolving and changing. The American dream for present day is similar to the dream of the 1920’s. An Ideal of the American life is to conform to what our society has determined is success. Money, materialism and status had replaced the teachings of our founding fathers in the 1920’s. A return to family values and hard work found its way back into American’s lives in the 1940’s....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The Effects Of Slavery On Families Of African Descent

- ... European sought to erase the African identity, by removing the names of their forefathers and giving them the names of the owners. African family roots have all but appeared from the people that descended from Africa. Very few can find records of people who slaves that they could identify as their mother, father, sister, brother or uncle. Some individual identify with their African identity, by identifying with a tribe from which slaves were taken. Some choose to identify with an African tribe which has been given high esteem or made popular legends....   [tags: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade, Caribbean, Haiti]

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African Americans And African American Slaves

- ... During the year 1849, Thomas Sample carried away from this city, as his slaves, our daughter, Polly, and son, Geo. Washington” (Smith, 30). For several black people, finding family members seemed to be like putting a puzzle back together, without having some of the pieces. Land Land remained exceedingly important to the success of African American Reconstruction. Former slaves strongly believed that freedom, ultimately depended on land ownership. The ground where they previously were forced to till, now became the place where as Garrison Frazier said they “could reap what they could reap the fruit of their own labor” (Smith, 12)....   [tags: Black people, American Civil War]

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The American Family: Then and Now

- What exactly is a family. Some would say it is a father, mother, and possibly children, but is this an outdated definition. With the world adapting and changing at such a high rate, it proves difficult to create definite boundaries for what constitutes a family. As events that are either detrimental or beneficial to society occur, family lives adapt to better suit the current state. The differences in culture, religion and traditions can offer possible explanations for why families are not the same, locally and globally....   [tags: Sociology, American History ]

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How The Teacher Communicates Effectively With Families

- For my teacher interview I asked Mrs. Gomez a bilingual Kindergarten teacher who has worked for 5 years at Holleman Elementary. Her whole family has worked around education and that’s how she herself got drawn towards it. She had started at the age of 17 to substitute for her mother in Costa Rica, but decided to pursue a Masters in Geography. However, there was no real income for that profession in Costa Rica and she decided to work as a social studies teacher. She has had the opportunity to work from elementary through high school in Costa Rica....   [tags: Teacher, High school, Education]

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How The American Family Has Changed

- American families have changed tremendously over the past years. Families did not only face the change in their status or social behavior; but also faced a change in their lifestyle. Now there are different types of families with different types of norms and values. Families are socially, ethnically and very expressively diverse than ever before (Angier). American family has gone through a huge transformation. This transformation is all about changes in lifestyle and how it functions. We have come extremely far where women are contributing in the paid labor force, divorce rates are high, people are not getting married early or having kids when they get married, and most people are getting...   [tags: The American Family]

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Issues That Affect Criminal 's Families

- Issues that effect criminal’s families However, as researchers, we will like to turn our attention to the family’s aspects before we write more about the racial disparity in the criminal justice system in capital punishment cases. Even though, we couldn’t find much information about the families’ impact of criminal capital cases through societal disbelief. “Nevertheless, this contrasts to the consideration that there are more deaths in one race than the other, leading to families feeling defenseless due to lose” (Schweizer, 2013)....   [tags: Crime, Capital punishment, Criminal justice]

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PTSD and Its Effect on Military Families

- ... Studies have shown that younger military member are more likely to suffer from PTSD putting a strain on already difficult new marriages. Often time deployment related issues and the effects after deployment will have a disturbing relationships between husband and wife and the military member and their child. When returning the military member may have PTSD immediately or it may develop over time. They will start struggling with intense anger and impulses. They may become violent and try to push away family and friends....   [tags: anxiety disorders, sociological analysis]

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English Language Learners: Families and Schools

- Diverse cultures within the United States are rapidly developing and growing and the educational sector is the number one target to ensure that English –learners are receiving adequate education. Within the educational sector there are administrators and teachers who are involved in students lives on a daily basis to ensure that education is equal. In order to achieve the vital objective of equality, socio-cultural influences on ELL students, bilingualism and home language use, parental and community resources, and partnerships between families and schools all have to be considered to provide an opportunity for equal education....   [tags: ELL]

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What is The American Dream?

- The American Dream can be defined in many different perspectives. A generalization of the american dream can be summed up as, “a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work,” (Wikipedia). This may sound very punctual for an audience that are already of the American background. For foriegners, this definition can also be their dream, just more difficult to obtain....   [tags: American Dream Essays]

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Homeless Families in America

- Thesis Statement This paper will examine a subgroup of the homeless population, homeless families. It will explore the multiple causes of family homelessness and the consequences homelessness has on family life. The three main reasons for the abundance of dispossessed families within America are the following: 1) the lack of affordable housing, 2) low wages in the job-market, and 3) insufficient federal aid. In today’s society, these causes are the main contributors towards the heartbreaking condition of family homelessness, which often leads to family breakups, health issues, and educational obstacles....   [tags: Research Papers]

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The Culture Of The American Culture

- ... Also, African American family structures usually have a matriarch of the family which is the Great- Grandmother or Grandmother. In addition another name used to refer to the matriarch is Big Momma, Momma, or Grandmother. The big momma’s of African American families are cherished, as they are seen as passing on the family’s legacy from one generation to another. They also provide great insight and wisdom into family and cultural history, giving guidance to younger family members. Knowing the history can help counselors avoid possible conflicts between the culture and the culture of counseling....   [tags: African American, Family, Racism, Race]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The American Dream '

- Katelyn Hileman Thesis Rhetoric II 18 April 2016 The American Dream A Raisin in the Sun focuses on the financial struggles of the 1950’s, when hit with a 10,000 dollar life insurance check, each family member had their own idea of what the money should be spent on. The family in the play, Yongers’, are an African American family who live in the 50s. The Youngest’ harbor in the same materialistic dreams as the rest of American society. The Yongers’ have a vision of their own American Dream. The American dream is based solely off of the mind set, if one works hard, one can achieve goals to the highest of its potential....   [tags: African American, A Raisin in the Sun, Race]

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Japanese American Internment Camps

- Was the internment of Japanese Americans a compulsory act of justice or was it an unwarranted, redundant act of tyranny which breached upon the rights of Japanese Americans. During World War II thousands of Japanese Americans were told by government officials that they had twenty-four hours to pack their things, get rid of any belongings of theirs, and to sell their businesses away for less than retail value. Although many people thought the Japanese American internment was needed to ensure U.S....   [tags: japanese american rights]

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Racism : African American Women

- ... In Spike Lee’s movie School Daze, colorism was a major and significant issue. "Tar baby," "wannabe white," "redbone," "paper-bag brown," and "light bright" were descriptions that characters used in referring to each other (University Wire). School Daze was a film that exposed the colorism that was in the African American community which plays a part in internalized racism. Two historically black colleges, Morehouse College and Spelman College, colorism is displayed today through stereotypes....   [tags: African American, Black people, Race]

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The Chinese American Of The United States

- ... The Chinese became the escape goat for the west coast Americans due to their community having twenty to thirty percent unemployment rate. In 1867 the Chinese wanted better pay and shorter work day so they organized a strike, but the railroad companies turned their backs on them and cut their food supply until the starving Chinese agreed to go back to work. Due to the Chinese women prostitution rate the women were banned from coming to America and now all of the Chinese man were not allowed to bring their wife and were not allowed to marry white women....   [tags: United States, Hawaii, White American, Race]

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Families are on the Edge

- Families are on the Edge Throughout the centuries, people in different parts of the world have developed and maintained different aspects of their culture. Even though most things are shared from country to country, there are differences which can be seen right away and make the particular group of people unique. When reading different sources on American culture, it can be easily distinguished as it is mostly adapted and combined from all other cultures around the world. One of the reasons why that might be is because many people who live in America come from different countries; therefore, they bring their own cultural beliefs and values....   [tags: Cultural Differences]

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The American Dream and the Post War Era

- ... In the beginning, “early modernists used elements of experimentation, freedom, radicalism, and utopianism” (Modernism). After the war, “post-modernists, however, rebelled against many modernist elements and instead depicted disillusionment and elements of dystopian ideas—dehumanized and fearful lives” (Modernism). Many different historical aspects influenced the upcoming of the modernist movement such as publications of scientific theories, technological inventions that globalized society, Sigmund Freud’s change in the discipline of psychology, new concepts of ethics, morality, and ideals, and artistic movements (Modernism)....   [tags: what it means to be American]

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The African American Experience On African Americans And Their Outlook On Marriage

- Introduction The African American experience is not just something we study but as an African American, I live it. When looking up topics, I was trying to find something that would resonate with me. When I came across an article about how African American men felt about marriage so many things ran threw my mind. Due to social media, personal experiences and overall assumptions I had some preconceived notions of my own. When scanning the article one of the first things mentioned was that the percentage of African American marriages has dropped from 61% to 32% (Perry 182-183)....   [tags: African American, Black people, Marriage]

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