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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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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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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] 360 words
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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] 1424 words
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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] 1026 words
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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] 1436 words
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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] 1950 words
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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] 1166 words
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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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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] 2218 words
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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] 1161 words
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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,] 609 words
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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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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] 2462 words
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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] 1216 words
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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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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] 429 words
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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] 884 words
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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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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] 1861 words
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Effects of the Great Recession on Families - ... Children are especially vulnerable during bad economic times. Considering what I read in the text, I do not think there can be any denying that the economy affects families. Where there may be some disputes is in the hows and whys. My understanding is in a capitalistic economy there are always ebbs and flows. One man's loss may very well be another man's gain. Let's look at home ownership. Maybe it's true, part of the American Dream is owning a home. During the housing boom many families were able for the first time to purchase a home....   [tags: economy, housing, jobs] 808 words
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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] 1780 words
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The American Fallacy - ... According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “U.S. multinational corporations, the big brand-name companies that employ a fifth of all American workers… cut their work forces in the U.S. by 2.9 million during the 2000s while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million”. By utilizing a cheaper source of labor in foreign countries and even within U.S. immigrants, these corporations are denying many Americans access to sufficient, concrete employment. Investing in locations outside of the country has significantly damaged the employment outlook and ultimately damaged Americans’ faith in the economy (Lach)....   [tags: american dream, job, unequality]
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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] 891 words
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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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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] 988 words
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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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American Women's History - 1. The American Revolution impacted almost every aspect of Native American, European American, and African American women's lives. The American Revolution severely affected Native American women, especially agriculturally. They were the farmers and gardeners of their tribes and the war damaged the soil so much so in some areas that farming was rendered impossible. Most Native Americans, including the women, sided with Britain during the war. Each tribal woman grew crops, when possible, for the British soldiers as well....   [tags: american revolution, racism]
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The Pursuit of the American Dream by African Americans, Native Americans, and the Working Class - America, for many, has long been a country where it was believed that you control your own destiny and prosperity. With hard work, persistence and struggle, success found in the “American Dream” can and will be achieved regardless of past social statuses and financial shortcomings. It is something that has rang true for most Americans, but certainly not without struggle. The late nineteenth century brought a great amount of obstacles to many groups of people living in America as they pursued comfort in social and economic aspects....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream ] 1486 words
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My American Dream - I was born and raised in the United States but my family was not born here, they came from an area south of Los Angeles, Mexico. In the border between the United States and Mexico, many immigrants have lost their lives attempting to achieve their promise dream. Many immigrants who cross the border pursue the American Dream. My family was one of the many immigrant families who attempted and fortunately succeeded in crossing over the border. My father’s family originated from Guadalajara, Jalisco, México....   [tags: American Dream Essays]
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families - The importance of families has been espoused by all since the inception of modern times. Considered by most to be the backbone of America, it is how we socially and culturally indoctrinate our offspring so they are able to become a functional member of society. A lack of a full family is often cited as the reason that children end up as criminals or delinquents. The notion of family being the birthplace of problems is not even something most people could find feasible, which is what makes Barbara Ehrenreicht’s essay “Are Families Dangerous?” seem a bit out in left field to most readers....   [tags: essays research papers] 957 words
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