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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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The Black American And Caribbean Family

- ... Not to mention, the high percentage of men of African descent incarcerated today due to laws used to target this group of men which still is relevant to the practices set forth by Willie Lynch. These fathers are missing from their daily lives and activities of their children and the family structure on a whole. However, despite these challenges a lot of men still try to maintain their presence within the family structure either by mail, pictures or visitations. A white nuclear family has always been the ideal picture painted to people of African descent....   [tags: Slavery, African American, Family, Black people]

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African American Family Structure And African Americans

- Significance The unit of a family is the most prominent essential for all of us. As social human beings, we seek social support in order to thrive, and that is where family comes into play. A family is where you receive love, support, encouragement, and many other social benefits. The total number of households in the United States increased from 63 million in 1970 to 113 million in 2008 (Weeks, 2012). The family has influenced multitudes of people in many ways. The traditional family in the United States consists two-married individuals providing care and stability for their biological offspring also know as the nuclear family....   [tags: Family, African American, Mother, Father]

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Is The African American Family Slowly Disintegrating?

- Is The African American Family Slowly Disintegrating. America, as we know it today, is composed of an eclectic mix of cultures including African, Asian, Hispanic, Native American as well as diverse European cultures. These cultures have amalgamated in some ways, but in other ways certain cultures have established themselves as dominant, immensely contributing to the paradigm shifts in the American culture. The English language, for example, is the language that is prevalently spoken in the United States today; it is traditionally associated with the Yankees who have European descent....   [tags: Family African American Black Essays]

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Is The American Family?

- Is the American family in really in crisis or is it just evolving at a more advanced rate than society. According to the sociologist, Michael Kimmel, “[t]hough the family feels like one of the most fragile of social institutions, it is also perhaps among the most resilient” (Kimmel 143). It seems fragile because of the decline of marriages rates, the increase in divorce rates, and the increase in cohabitating couples. However, the family is one of the most resilient social institutions, “able to adapt to changing economic, social, and cultural circumstances and remain the foundation of society” (Kimmel 142)....   [tags: Family, Marriage, Divorce, Cohabitation]

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An Definition Of An American Family

- People may have different idea of what is a family. The definition of an American family has become a dynamic and changing idea in recent years, now we find public acceptance of new family constructs that were not considered the mainstream. “Family” is a household grouping in all human society. In this essay I will discuss the “many forms of contemporary families and its function” and “some of the economic factors affecting comtemporary family” First, “the many form of contemporary families and its functions”....   [tags: Family, Nuclear family, Mother, Father]

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What Makes An American Family?

- A question that could spark quite a debate could be “what makes an American family.” Some may debate that the traditional family is the only type of American family, some may debate that the meaning of an American family has changed and still continues to change over the years. The debate tends to spark when everyone gets into the topic because everyone has different opinions. But a good question in today’s society is what exactly makes an American family. Is the only type of American family still the traditional type or has the meaning of the American family transformed over the years....   [tags: nuclear family, same-sex family]

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My Family Is An Average American Family

- In today’s society, my family would be considered an average American family. Our house is very mediocre with brown bricks and a white fence surrounding our backyard. We are located in a small town called New Lenox, which is in southern Illinois. My parents were not connected through either of their families; they first locked eyes on the Metra train while commuting to work. In that day and age, there was no such thing that either of them was required to do to get connected to each other’s families....   [tags: Family, Mother, Nuclear family, Extended family]

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The American Family is Not Changing for the Better

- The definition of American family is based on the idea that a legally married couple shares a household, which has been considered as a male that provides the income and a female who is responsible for taking care of the husband, household and children. Even though, Maggie Gallagher in her essay the benefits of marriage in “Why marriage is good for you,” states that she is trying to promote the return to more traditional view of marriage within the society. However, there is a controversy that American family is experiencing changes in every aspect, being on decline as a consequence of three factors....   [tags: family values, USA]

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The American Family By Stephanie Coontz

- ... “Your dad always had a girlfriend, even after we married. He was my first and last. I never had another man, but I didn’t miss anything.” (Carver 160). Even if Carver’s mother wanted to leave the marriage, she couldn 't because she didn’t have any jobs or any source of income. She can’t get another men because he might be more irresponsible than Carver’s father. As a result, Coontz was right when she said women have more options today than before because Carver’s mother did not leave the unsatisfactory marriage....   [tags: Marriage, Family, Mother, Father]

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Functionalism Of The American Family

- ... Technology in particular offered great promises to American families, although to allow room for those promises, many had to alter their lives. Lives most impacted by technology could arguably be those of women, who were able to steadily break out of the shell of their caretaker role with its help. The drive for profits and debut of factory assembly lines during the Industrialization era counted household appliances as one of its products (move). As they were steadily introduced the average homes over the years surrounding the 1950s, appliances shaved hours off the amount of time needed to complete chores....   [tags: Sociology, Family, Anomie, Institution]

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The American Family By Stephanie Coontz

- ... Coontz discussed that there have always been women who didn 't have enough options and their life needed to get better. Dyk’s showed that today many women 's lives are better but not everyone had been able to get out of problems or abuse. As a result, both authors believe women are being disparaged and they are used to the pattern of abuse, which convinced them that they deserve what they get. Coontz argued that many families face problems because they don’t discuss it openly, which is supported by Dyk where she states that if people talk openly about the situations happening in families then people can help to prevent it for the future generation....   [tags: Poverty, 21st century, Family, Marriage]

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The American Family Model

- The American family model traditionally included the mother and father with two kids, a boy and girl. In this 1950’s family model the husband is seen as the breadwinner while the mother is the homemaker. This model is exemplified in the Battleship advertisement where the father is resting from a hard day’s by work playing a board game with his son. At the same time the mother is doing the days dishes with some help drying from her daughter. Today however, these rigid stereotypical roles are no longer applicable to the members of the modern family....   [tags: Family, Father, Mother, Nuclear family]

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The American Family During The 21st Century

- The traditional, American family, made up of a “bread-winner” father, a “housewife” mother, and their children, can be traced back to the 1950s as being the most prevalent type of family. This type of family is what many people would think of when they thought of the typical family. Nowadays, fewer people think of the nuclear family unit as the typical American family. The American family in the 21st century is declining due to factors, such as increasing divorce rates, division of labor, and cohabitation....   [tags: Family, Marriage, Mother, Divorce]

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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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My Family Heritage : An African American Family

- ... Because as a child, I had low self-esteem and I hated my appearance. Now, as an adult, I love myself more than ever and I take pride in how I look as an individual because I have accepted being different. I am considered plus size, I am rather tall for my age and weight, I am about 5 foot and 8 inches. I have brown eyes and black, fairly long hair. I am very feminine, and I enjoy exploring myself as a woman and mother. I consider myself as an attractive young woman, people tend to give me a large amount of compliments on my beauty....   [tags: Family, Sociology, Nuclear family, Mother]

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What Exactly is the Typical American Family

- For numerous years now, when we think of the typical American family, our thoughts often go to the suburbs. We picture a family with a father, mother and the average 2.5 children. This ideal family most likely has it's roots in the 1950's. After World War II,, there was a significant move from urban and rural areas to the newly formed suburbs. A substantial part of this move can be attributed to the low interest mortgage loans supplied by the GI bill, signed into law in 1944.1 There was also another significant change coming to the American family, the television set....   [tags: ideal family, suburbs, urban areas, millenials]

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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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Family Dinners And The Family

- ... Along with them doing most of the talking, everyone either attempts to over talk them or they have their own conversation off to the side. According to Shoshana Blum-Kulka who wrote Dinner Talk: Cultural Patterns of Sociability and Socialization in Family Discourse, those that know about a topic that is being discussed still contribute little to the conversation (129). I think that this is because they are used to sitting quietly. And while there are families that do have dinners this way there are families that have dinners where certain people are not as overpowering....   [tags: Family, An American Family, The Family]

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The American Contemporary Family Life

- Contemporary Family Life This report will focus on how the American Contemporary Family lives in today’s society. Present existence can be stressful -- in the 21st century, family as anywhere else in our fast-paced society and yet, with all the questions and trepidations about relationships, marriage and nurturing children, people in the United States today have elevated expectations of nurturing and marriage. In paralleling the present-day with the past -- the so-called "good old days" -- we need to comprehend that many of our uncertainties reflect how much improved we want to be, not how much better we used to be....   [tags: Family, Marriage, 21st century, Same-sex marriage]

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The Future of the American Family

- Good morning Mister Speaker and members of Congress. I am before you today to address the issue of the future of the American family. The family is the heart of our society and the backbone of our country’s future. The Government must commit to strengthening family life and recognizing the importance of the ever changing family structure and dynamic. Improvements in the areas of education, health care, and safety are vital for the success of the American family’s future. The future leaders of this country are the children of today....   [tags: personal letter to Congress]

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The Post World War Two American Family Structure

- The post world war two American family, was a very different family structure than had previously existed in America. They were not radically different in terms of power, but more in a terms of responsibilities held by its members. The family unit itself had different goals that every member work towards, but the children, wives and husbands of the families contributed in very different ways. Families during this time, main purpose and drive was to better their current lives as much as possible and to achieve their idea of the American dream (“Famous Landmark Documentary”)....   [tags: Family, Marriage, Mother, Childhood]

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The Changing Sturcture of the American Family

- The shape of the American family has undergone a dramatic change over the last several decades. The once dominant "traditional nuclear family" is now accompanied by a variety of other familial forms. Sociologists, psychologists, and politicians, among others, have all offered their opinions on the subject and many studies have been put forth to demonstrate the adverse effects of these situations on children and on the society as a whole. While these studies have resulted in conclusions that perpetuate the myth that single-parent and blended families are aberrations from the norm, other researchers take the position that these groups are just new and viable variations on the idea of what con...   [tags: Sociology of the Family 2014]

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The Impact Of Family On The Family

- ... My family is strong, beautiful, and through these divorces, remarriages have come about that have made the family bigger and more interesting. No family is perfect. I do not believe anyone can accurately say that the family is “declining” because every single family has their own faults, and will continue to have their own faults. The people who claim that the family has taken a turn for the worst are making a comparison to the idealistic 50’s family that was not even a reality for a lot of families during the actual 1950’s....   [tags: Family, Marriage, An American Family]

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Evolution of the Typical American Family

- The American family has come a long way and has changed a lot overtime. Liberals and conservatives have their own views on the American family today. It is very tough to raise a family nowadays. However, there are some easier ways to raise a family today as well. Some of the things that I will talk about are divorce and its effects, welfare, abusiveness on children and wives, and a couple of articles in the book, "Families in the U.S." One tough thing about today's American family is divorce....   [tags: Family Studies, Divorce]

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American Family and Values

- Nothing is a better experience for a parent than watching their child grow into who they were taught to be. It turns out that 66% of parents intend to and do raise their children with the same life lessons, good or bad, that they were exposed to when they were young (Murray). Raising a family requires values, which evolve into ethics, and are crucial to a successful family. This shows that values are what keep the family in their desired lifestyle. Diversity of values in American families, through morals and tradition, is key to what makes this country so unique....   [tags: morals, ethics, diversity, traditions, lifestyle]

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Television And The Death Of The American Nuclear Family

- Television has played a major role in the death of the American nuclear family. According to, a nuclear family is defined as a primary social unit consisting of parents and their offspring. Television has become commonplace in American culture, and most watch oblivious to the effect it has on them and their families. “2009’s Nielsen’s Television Audience Report shows that 54% of homes in the U.S. had three or more television sets, 28% had two television sets and only 18% had one television set” (“More”)....   [tags: Family, Mother, Marriage, Television]

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Sociology: Dramatic Changes To the American Family

- Sociology Families have changed greatly over the past 60 years, and they continue to become more diverse. Why the family is considered the most important agent of socialization. What caused the dramatic changes to the American family. What are those changes. Describe the differences in marriage and family life that are linked to class, race, gender, and personal choice. Do you feel the trend toward diverse families is positive or negative. If the trend changed toward traditional (pre-World War II) families, how would that affect women’s rights....   [tags: class, race, gender roles]

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Sex Education and the American Family

- For years, the question “Should schools teach sex education?” has been asked in American households; and many families have agreed that they would rather not have the schools teach sex education to their children. In each region of the country, there are families that feel the money should not fund sex education, especially funds put into public education, because that is “a duty for the parents.” A question remains, however, why people do not discuss sex with their children, and does this lack of communication between child and parent affect the child’s future....   [tags: sex education, sexual activity, sti]

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American Family Life Assurance Company

- ... In 1955, two brothers by the names John and Paul partnered with William Amos and founded the company as American family life insurance company of Columbus. The company name was later changed to American family life assurance company of Columbus and was the pioneer of cancer insurance in 1958. The company has gone through series of success and is deducting a fee from the payroll of the policyholders. The company offers medical cover in; accidents, cancer/specified diseases, dental, hospitalized patients, vision, short term disability and life assurance....   [tags: Insurance, Underwriting, Endowment policy]

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The Typical American Family in Ellen Dreyer´s The Glow Stone

- Ellen Dreyer’s novel The Glow Stone contains the characteristics of the typical American family, The Bernsteins. Within that family there is 15 year old Phoebe whom others may perceive as a little bit odd. She takes after her uncle Bradford. He was an idol to her and hey shared many interests. Until one day death took upon him leaving the Bernstein family in utter shock. There is still something not right in the atmosphere, like a secret whispering through the air that Phoebe cannot seem to catch....   [tags: family, death, uncle, risk, truth]

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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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Discourse Analysis : Family Interactions

- Susana Vique-Kearney DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF FAMILY INTERACTIONS Annotated Bibliography Burnham, Denis. 2002. What 's New, Pussycat. On Talking to Babies and Animals. Science. Volume American Association for the Advancement of Science. Downloaded from on July 28, 2014. Denis Burnham is a professor and Director of the MARCS Auditory Laboratories at the University of Western Sydney. This research article focuses primarily on Infant-Directed Speech (IDS) and Pet-Directed Speech (PDS)....   [tags: Family, An American Family, Discourse analysis]

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A Raisin Of The Sun : Film About An African American Family

- ... There you are. Man say to his woman: I got me a dream. His woman say: Eat your eggs. Man say: I got to take hold of this here world, baby. And a woman will say: Eat your eggs and go to work. Man say: I got to change my life, I’m choking to death, baby. And his woman say – Your eggs is getting cold” (Gilbert et al., 1961). Walter seems to believe that women are holding men back, and implies that women are solely interested in domestic needs and do not see the big picture, such as financial stability and business ventures....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Woman, Transgender]

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Improving Open Communication Between Family And Family Members

- ... In the presented scenario, Ben clearly demonstrates a failure to listen; when preoccupied with his problems, he ignores Shakeeka’s fears and anxiety. In addition, gender differences in communication exist; females are usually more sensitive and seek agreement, while males want to simply make a decision (Friedman et al., 2003, p. 284). The developmental stage of the family and the age of its members also influence communication; often, communication with teenagers is more difficult due to their need of independence, and Friedman et al....   [tags: Family, African American, Extended family]

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The American Family Association

- The American Family Association A simple observation of television commercials between segments of a sitcom can find many aspects of life that our founding fathers worked to eliminate. Those who laid the building blocks for this country built it with trust in God. They wanted to build a country based on the Bible. In today’s society, that goal is no longer a priority, and violence and sex are seen each and every day. However, there is one group that is working to re-establish these morals in today’s society....   [tags: Exploratory Essays]

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African American Family Structure

- African American Family Structure Effects of African American Family Structure on School Attitudes and Performance In today's world, there is such a big emphasis on education and its importance. And there should be an emphasis. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same attitude about receiving a good education. This article attempts to discuss the attitudes of African American's towards education when a stable family structure is absent. Given, not all homes are the Cleaver family, but if a person really wants an education, they should try to concentrate on just that-their education....   [tags: Culture Cultural Educational Essays]

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The Mexican American Family

- The Mexican American Family According to most, ethnicity usually is displayed in the values, attitudes, lifestyles, customs, rituals, and personality types of individuals who identify with particular ethnic groups. Ethnic identifications and memberships in an ethnic group has far﷓reaching effects on both groups and individuals, controlling assess to opportunities in life, feeling of well being and mastery over the futures of one's child and future. These feelings of belonging and attachment to a certain group of people for whatever reason are a basic feature of the human condition....   [tags: Papers, Culture]

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My Typical American Family

- My Typical American Family What is a typical American. What is generally viewed as a typical American is that your family has lived here for years and years and you don't personally know who immigrated here. Along with this, your family has molded into this typical view with no "foreign" traditions and things. A lot of people in my class can talk about their relatives that speak another language or have immigrated here. I don't have anything like that so I'll tell you about mine. According to Blauner: Members of an ethnic group hold a set of common memories that make them feel that their customs, culture, and outlook are distinctive....   [tags: Traditions Cultures Cultural Essays]

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The American Family During The Great Depression

- The stereotypical Canadian family during the Great Depression consisted of a father who left home to find work elsewhere in the country, a mother trying to make ends meet with what little they had left, and their malnourished children. Although, as is often the case with stereotypes, this was not how all of the population lived. Specifically speaking, women were not just resigned to waiting for their husbands or fathers to come home with money and provisions. Many Canadian women in the 1930s may have been the only reason their families survived that decade of hardship and sacrifice....   [tags: Great Depression, 1930s, Unemployment]

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Life 's Adventures : My Family

- Life’s Adventures A typical American family has a mother, a father, and a couple of children. The father provides for the family, as does the mother either domestically and or by working; however my family does not fit the ideal image of an American family. My mother was the one who raised me, but I would not quite call her a mother. Ever since I can remember she was always sick, never healthy and was addicted to drugs. When she was pregnant with me she would use illegal substances and she was also a diabetic....   [tags: Family, An American Family, Diabetes mellitus]

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The Importance of Preserving Traditional Family Values to Improve American Culture

- We live in a culture where we fear each other, hate each other, and even kill each other. How bad do things in our culture have to get before we stop and look at what brought us to this place. I believe that a key part of the answer to that question lies in the family. Although I know there are many good single parents in our culture I want to draw focus to the traditional family as I write this. If we look up the definition of the traditional family we find that it is a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children....   [tags: family]

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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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The American Dream is Built on Family Bonds

- The American Dream is a concept that is essentially older than the United States, dating back to the seventeenth century. It was then when people began to come up with hopes and aspirations for the newly discovered, unexplored continent. The “American Dream” is in essence the idea in that puts forward the notion that all people can succeed through hard work, that all people have the right to the pursuit of happiness, and be successful. The definition of the American Dream has been expanded upon and redefined over time....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Changes in the American Family

- As we have learned through Skolnick’s book, as well as Rubin’s research, the make up of the family is influenced by many factors. The economy, culture, education, ethnicity/race, and tradition all help to create the modern family. The last few decades have heavily influenced the family structure, and while some try to preserve the past, others embrace the future. Through it all, we find you can have both. The first part of Rubin’s book dealt with “the Invisible Americans.” One of the most thought provoking statements from the beginning, states: “Indeed, one of the surprising findings of this study is how much in common all these families have, how much agreement they would find among t...   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Rural American Family Farms

- Oxfam America is a supporter of small family farm based business, according to Laura Rusu the US government spends up to 16 billion dollars a year on farm payments. Most of those funds from the US government go towards large commercial farms. Oxfam America is supporting the act called the Rural America Preservation Act, which will help smaller based farms with funding. Since there are so many loopholes in the current government system that are only helping the larger commercial based farms, this Act will help prevent these loopholes and help the smaller farms with more funding....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Analysis Of Erik Larson 's The Garden Of Beasts : Love, Terror, And An American Family

- ... Dodd was not a typical candidate for a diplomatic position. He was not wealthy and he had no political influence. However, Dodd did speak German and knew the country well. Dodd is chairman of the history department at the University of Chicago. He is nationally recognized for his work on the American south and his biography on Woodrow Wilson. Dodd has a wife named Martha, who everyone refers to as Mattie, and two children. His son, William Jr., is twenty-eight; his daughter, also named Martha, is twenty-four years old....   [tags: Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, United States]

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Portrayal of an African-American Family in Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansburry

- A Raisin in the Sun is set in the South of Chicago in the 1950’s and portrays the lives of an African-American family, the Youngers, who like many other African-American families migrated from the South to the North to leave behind the social, economic and educational oppression. Unfortunately this is no different in the North. In the play it is seen how Mama solely believes that the meaning of life is freedom and Walter, her son, believes that money is life. Both these characters have conflicting ideas on what they perceive life’s meaning to be....   [tags: slavery, freedom, dream]

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An African American Family Struggles with Racism in A Raisin in the Sun by by Lorraine Hansberry

- ... One perfect example of this in the book is when Walter is ridiculing George over his higher quality of thinking and more importantly in Walters view, his pearly white shoes. Another example from the real world is the Rothschild and Rockefeller families two of the world’s wealthiest families; they are at the pinnacle of the social status hierarchy. The Stock Market is another to measure the economy and to give it strength or plummet the market to start a global disaster; it dictates the rise and falls of the entire global economy....   [tags: economy, wealthy, society]

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American Family Life Insurance Company: How The Duck Becanme an Icon

- The company formerly known as, American Family Life Insurance Company, was established in 1955, by the Amos brothers in Columbus, Georgia and is now known as Aflac. The company developed a ground-breaking cancer policy and presented it to employees as a supplemental insurance policy. Aflac ultimately became a household name in Japan, given that fact, that not only one in four households carry an Aflac policy, but 90% of the employers in Japan also offer Aflac to their employees. (Aflac – Japan) Even with their popularity and name recognition in Japan, not many people in the United States recognized the name Aflac....   [tags: Aflac, risk, insurance in Japan]

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Family Values and The Status of The Traditional American Family

- When one thinks of the term family values, many different ideas can come to mind. Morals, religion, beliefs, tradition, expectation, controversy, and misuse are some things that may come to mind when the term “family values” is mentioned. The true definition and meaning of family values can most likely never be directly pinpointed, but it is always going to be a known fact that family values are always going to have different meanings to different people. It is the common misunderstanding that family values are just simply the things that shape a growing persons values and morals....   [tags: essays research papers]

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How I Got A My Family

- ... I feel like this relates to how my family is toward being successful and being told you can be whatever you want to be in life. Maybe my grandmother’s mother installed it in her mind, so she installed it into my mother, which, she installed into me and to be passed on. I believe every tradition that we have helps make our family stronger and better because the type of mother I have helped to make me into the woman I am today. Although I don’t agree with every technique she might done or use but I all played a part in the way I handle myself....   [tags: African American, Family, Black people, Race]

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The Evolution of the American Television Family

- The Evolution of the American Television Family Television is not just a form of entertainment, but it is an excellent form of study of society’s view concerning its families. This study focuses on the history of television beginning in the early 1950s and will run through present day. It examines the use of racial, ethnic and sexual stereotypes to characterize the players of these shows. The examples assist in tracing what has happened to the depiction of the American family on prime time television....   [tags: essays papers]

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Racism and African-American Family Breakdown as Themes in

- Iconic Contemporary Themes Displayed: Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying "I was not there, yet I was there. No, I did not go to the trial, I did not hear the verdict, because I knew all the time what it would be..." (3). Ernest J. Gaines begins his contemporary masterpiece with a captivating and explosive first paragraph. Immediately capturing the reader's attention, the fast paced novel takes us on a voyage of thematic discovery. Through the voice of Grant Wiggins, a school teacher disgruntled by his constant struggle for communal equality, we learn of the present conditions that face our central characters and the contemporary themes that sum up the novel....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Nuclear Family is no Longer the American Ideal

- Times have changed; the nuclear family is no longer the American ideal because family needs have changed since the 1950's. This American convention of a mother and father and their two children, were a template of films and early television as a depiction of the American family life. Now seen as archaic and cliché by today’s standards, but the idea is common throughout many of the first world nations in the world. This ideal was a vast departure from the past agrarian and pre industrial families, and was modeled and structured as the ‘American dream’ father working, mother maintaining the household and children molded to be simulacra of the parents....   [tags: My Vision for America]

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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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Contradiction to Relationship: The African American Slave Family

- Human beings are born with a tabula rasa. This is a theory that explains that people are born without a pre-existing knowledge of their identity. It further describes that human knowledge and the development of their nature comes from experiences and interactions with other human beings. These types of interactions can turn into relationships, which can aid in personal growth and also bring in a strong support system during times of crisis. One of the first places a person may find this type of support and connection is in a stable family....   [tags: Sociology ]

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My Family 's American Dream

- “American Dream” I am a nineteen-year-old, Latina girl, trying to achieve the “American Dream”. My mother brought me to this land to offer me the opportunity for a better future. My mother believes a person can be anything she wants to be in America. Most people feel that America is the land of opportunity. Because of these opportunities, America gives people a chance to turn their dreams into reality. I knew my American dream since I young. I was brought to the land of opportunities at the age of 12....   [tags: Social class, Working class, United States]

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Junot Diaz, Dominican American, And He Came From A Very Poor Family

- Junot Diaz is Dominican American, and he came from a very poor family with five other siblings. Since they were not that wealthy, they lived in a simple way. Even though his mother was basically the bread winner of the family since his father could not keep a job, she still manages to send money back home every six months or so. When they got home from their vacation, they had found out that someone has broken into their house and stole most of his mother’s money. It was easy for them to be a target because they were recent immigrant, and in their neighborhood cars and apartment were always getting jacked....   [tags: Family, Interpersonal relationship, Father, Mother]

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Ethnic Identity And Upbringing, And Family Values

- ... In contrast to Ed’s life, Jessica is a Caucasian, and her family appears to be more individualistic in nature. Thus, no mention of elder care within the home, evident by her parents opting for an assisted living facility. Jessica has also expressed her discontent with the possibility of caring for Ed’s mother Barbara. Jessica would not have experienced the same type of discrimination as her husband Ed. Instead, Jessica could have received disappointment or distancing from family or friends for the marriage to an African American....   [tags: Family, African American, Racism, Miscegenation]

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The Importance Of An African American Woman

- Being able to identify with a certain group has been an issue that individuals hesitate with daily. Am I Black, are you a girl, what religion do you practice. These are all common questions that society has forced individuals to concentrate on. Should an individual have to pick a side or is it relevant to the human race to identify with any group. One may believe not, but for others having and knowing one’s own identity is important, because it is something that they have been developing their entire life....   [tags: Sociology, African American, Race, Family]

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Racial Profiling And The African American Population

- ... My friends and I shared a common factor with one another…living with a racist parent. I learned that I wasn’t the only person who wasn’t allowed to go to prom with a boy who wasn’t my race. I wasn’t the only person who wasn’t allowed out in public with a boy that wasn’t my race. I wasn’t the only person that felt like and outside in their own family. Although my dad had all these race driven thoughts, that didn’t stop me from falling in love with my boyfriend who is African American. Flashback to summer of 2014, my boyfriend and I were at the river front park in my home town....   [tags: African American, Family, Father, Mother]

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A Modern Twist on a Traditional American Family Ideal from the 1950's

- ... These roles within the nuclear family are exactly what was depicted in the 1950s. These ideals support that “a woman would be immature ‘if she wants all the advantages of marriage’ but resents doing housework, and a man would be less-than-grown-up if he shirked the bread-winner role” (Ehrenreich 17-18). The threat of being perceived as less mature than other adults is pervasive in the modern advertisement, and carried over from 1950s ideology. This threat creates a subtle pressure in the advertisement that carries 1950s attitudes into modernity....   [tags: gender roles, values, expectations]

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Family 's Presented Dynamics, Rituals, Beliefs, And Values

- 1. Identify the family’s presented dynamics roles, rituals, beliefs, and values. On the surface, the Jordan family appears to be everyone’s ideal representation of what a family should look like. Tony, the husband, is seen to be the head of the household. Elizabeth, the wife, assumes the role of a homemaker and caregiver by having submissive qualities. They have a nice home, desirable material goods and respectable careers; however, on the inside the family is damaged. Living with Jordan’s is equivalent to being on a battlefield....   [tags: African American, Black people, Family]

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`` The American Dream ``

- ... In these stories, these characters are going after the idealized American Dream or their dreams has already passed them by. Life is hard, but sometimes it is acceptable to continue in a course of action in spite of difficulty and that’s what these characters did. They continued to work hard even though they weren’t obtaining the American Dream. This is the other side of America and “the American Dream” that the people are not used to hearing in a positive way which is sold by society. These are very loyal American citizens living real lives in today 's America....   [tags: Clint Eastwood, Family, American way, Unforgiven]

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Mildred Bond and the Great Migration : A Remarkable Family Woman

- To future generations, Since founded in 1829, Decatur Illinois has been a medium sized, working-middle class town that has dwelled on the values of family and hard work. “Back when I moved here, Decatur was very affluent, and was a great place to raise a family,” My great-grandmother Mildred explained. Grandma Mildred was born as Mildred Ligon in Brownsville, Tennessee on October 5th, 1936. It wasn’t until November 10th, 1955 that 19-year-old high school graduate, Mildred and her husband, Albert-Lee, would travel north to Decatur in search of better job opportunities, and to start a new generation of love....   [tags: Family, African-American, Marriage]

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New Beginning Of The Family

- New Beginning For Men In The Family Men are usually the ones who uphold family, the one everyone looks up to, they’re known as the heart of the family. In my case none of that was established, the men in my family have had a history of living “The Fast Life” and being for themselves. Most Men in my family have been affiliated with either the cops, Gang banging, Shootouts and so forth. I grew up in a house with uncles who were only a few years younger than me. Everything they did I tried to do or wanted to do....   [tags: High school, Family, College, African American]

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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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Conflicts in an American Family in play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

- Conflicts in an American Family in play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry The play “A Raisin in the Sun” illustrates three main conflicts in the younger family life; they are internal, social, and interpersonal. The conflicts in the story give insight as to who the characters are and what they really want out of life. Conflict is one of the underlying themes in the play, which was written by Lorraine Hansberry, it helps to tell the story and explain the situation that the Younger family is in....   [tags: Papers]

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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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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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My Family, My Sister And Me

- ... She picked up and my mom handed me the phone. As soon as she heard my voice she hung up, I didn’t understand why. Shouldn’t she be happy for me. I would have been happy for her, but there was no way to tell her that because she wouldn’t talk to me. That weekend went by as tears ran down my face and anger spread through my body. It had been two days, how could she still not talk to me. She had been avoiding me at every cost but I was determined to get her to talk to me today. We were in Psychology and we had to do a group project....   [tags: Family, Debut albums, American films, Mother]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' Buried Child '

- ... Instead, the play illustrates Dodge as the complete opposite. Dodge has no purpose to his life because he is a dying old man who is drinking the rest of his life away. The next important character in this play would be Dodges wife Halie. Halie, in my opinion, is the worse of the family members. She’s the matriarch of the family but she also has some of the worse secrets of her own which have the ability to destroy any family. Halie is the worse of the family members in my eyes because she chooses to abandon her own family and worships herself and past events that have taken place in her life....   [tags: Family, An American Family, The Family, Son]

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What I Learned About Your Heritage, Family Ritual

- ... Some of the cultural biases were handed down generation to generation, and some may not even be aware of it. My own cultural identity and biases can consist of some of my personal experiences. I believe that every culture has their own beliefs and ways of thinking. They are have an opportunity to be open mind to others perspectives. They can see the world through other people views and may see things differently. I believe keeping an open minded to other is very important if you want to be able to understand and empathize with culturally diverse situations....   [tags: Family, Culture, African American, Sociology]

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Why The Mother Will Be Affected By An African American Single Mother?

- ... Murry states that family structure is associated with the parent-child relationship, and in the African American single mother families there are more conflicts, and less communication than in nuclear families (Murry et al., 2001). The family as a whole will be affected because of the mother’s absence for economic purposes. It will affect the mother as well as the children and the co-parents. It may be easier to co-parent at a younger age when the children are more willing to listen than during adolescence....   [tags: Family, Mother, Parent, African American]

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Immigration And The American Dream

- ... An example of this can be seen in the family tree statistics that was provided. Its noticeable that generally theres a upward trend in families statues in various factors showing that things improve over time. From the statistics it shows that in great grandparents time only 26% of them went to grade school, only 56% of them went off to Highschool, and only 18% of them attended College. The data presented shows that there is overall a positive increase just in the amount of education the later generations received....   [tags: Family, Grandparent, High school, American way]

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The Role Of Socialization And Father Involvement

-   Atisha Hunter African American History 214-500 Dr. Z. Nchnida Final Research Paper 12/06/2014   Dr. Jelani Mandara holds a B.S is Psychology (1997) and a Ph.D in Social /Personality Psychology (2002).Dr. Mandara is the Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Dr. Mandara primary research is focused on the nature and effects of socialization and father involvement and how it impacts African American children in regard to Social Development and Academic development....   [tags: African American, Family]

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Hansberry 's The Sun With A Setting That Took Place Within The South Side Of Chicago

- Lorrine Hansberry wrote A Raisin In The Sun with a setting that took place within the 1950’s within the South Side of Chicago. This play demonstrates the African American family of the Youngers who are struggling to find their dreams within their chaotic lives. Hansberry gives the audience a glimpse at the Youngers’ lives within a period of a few weeks.The plot revolves around Mama obtaining money (ten-thousand dollars) from her deceased husband insurance and how the money will be utilized. The characterization of the family members, Walter Lee, Ruth, Beneatha, Travis, and Lena (Mama) are brought to light by the characters’ interaction with the money....   [tags: Family, An American Family, African American]

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Fiesta, 1980 by Junot Diaz

- Within the works of “Fiesta, 1980” it takes us in the lives of a Latin American family. We are described a traditional style Latino family were there is a dominate father figure, a submissive mother, and obedient children more or less. There are two boys the eldest Rafa and the youngest Yunior and their younger sister Madai. During the transgression of the story it is conveyed through the eyes of Yunior. And like any typical family it has its own story to tell. The story of “Fiesta, 1980” does not sugarcoat anything about the true nature of life and how many families operate....   [tags: latin american family, yunior, ]

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