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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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] 1382 words
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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] 566 words
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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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American Family Dynamics - ... The idea of the gender role changes is accompanied with the assumption that the father and mother are married within the household and utilize traditional views. However, the reality of the research states that American Families consist of two and one parent homes, cohabitating and gay couples, along with extended family members being incorporated into the immediate family structure (Jojic, Raj, Wilkins, Treadwell, Caussade-Rodriguez, & Blum, 2012). The common perception of the family structure and the reality of many family structures are very different....   [tags: traditional, economy, gender roles] 2598 words
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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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Questioning the "Normal" American Family in American Beauty - ... The Art Culture Film website describes them as "trapped by the ideology of the American Dream" (Structural 1). Carolyn Burnham unnaturally obsessed with materialism and other's opinions of them (Newman 8). She has an obsession with her material items that she owns and to her they equal success. Mendes shows us a scene where Lester is trying to show passion by kissing Carolyn on the couch but all Carolyn could worry about was the beer almost spilling on the couch. Lester, frustrated, yells, "It's just a couch!" to which she replies that it is not just a couch, but one that cost $4,000 and is upholstered in Italian silk....   [tags: society, materialism, appearences] 522 words
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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] 563 words
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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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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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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] 735 words
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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] 475 words
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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] 3712 words
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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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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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Achievement of the American Dream of an African American Family in The Cosby Show - ... The space is not calling attention to itself, nor is it confrontational. Their lifestyle does not seem threatening, but rather welcoming and relatable. They are a homogenized and integrated American family. The set design transcends Huxtable family, as well as the entire population of African Americans they were expected to represent, beyond the stereotype of the servant. The Huxtable family is obviously financially successful, despite racial impediments. The subdued color palette of the set design allows the family to become assimilated into the homes of whoever has this show playing on their television screen....   [tags: race, set, costumes] 1794 words
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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] 1082 words
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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] 783 words
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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] 1154 words
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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] 949 words
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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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Mildred Bond and the Great Migration : A Remarkable Family Woman - ... Thus, the start of the Bond family was created. “Once we got to Decatur, we didn’t have much; we were just as poor as could be. (Bond).” For the majority of his life, Albert-Lee was a crop farmer. In September 1955, Albert-Lee decided that after the final crop of the season, he would no longer be a crop farmer. At Wagner’s Casting Company, Albert-Lee eventually made outstanding wages, thus allowing him to take care of himself and his wife. Mildred wanted to get a job of her own so that she would be able to help out....   [tags: Family, African-American, Marriage] 790 words
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Author Miller’s Death Of A Salesman: A Family’s Misguided Attempt At The American Dream - ... After understanding each character and part of their history it was easy to see how certain relationships developed between characters, namely relationships between each member of the family and Willy. As I continued to read the play, especially during Act II, it became apparent that everyone’s stressed relationships were due to Willy’s obsession with success. Happy’s relationship with Willy for example, having lived in his brother shadow his whole life happy was constantly trying to please his father with lies to make him happy....   [tags: Play, Family, Tragedy]
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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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American Journal Reviews of Child and Family Homelessness - ... "Responding to the Voices of Homeless Preschool Children and their Families." Early Childhood Education Journal 38.4 (2010): 299-304. ProQuest. Web. 1 Mar. 2014. Kevin J. Swick claims by listening to the needs of homeless families, we gain knowledge to develop programs that offer support for homeless families. He lists three different types of voices: the voices of homeless mothers, the voices of homeless children, and the voices of professionals. Swick says the voices tell us that homelessness comes in many forms; homelessness affects the growth and learning of children; about 50-75% of homeless families experience violence; young homeless children do not have a healthy learning environ...   [tags: negative impact, nutrition, health care] 726 words
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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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Linda Loman: The Neglectful Killer - The Lomans are a classic American family with simple roles that are each carefully assigned to their respective characters. Willy is portrayed as the classic primary breadwinner. A salesman, he struggles as an aging man in a rapidly-changing modern world. Biff is the estranged oldest sibling whose enigmatic past is discovered throughout the play. His return puts constant stress on everyone in the Loman household, as his intentions are never quite made clear. Happy is the neglected younger sibling struggling to live up to the ideals that his father failed to embody....   [tags: american family, wife, husband]
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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] 845 words
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Biography of Alex Haley - Biography of Alex Haley Alex Haley’s was born Alex Murray Palmer Haley on August 11, 1921, in Ithaca, New York. Alex’s parents were Simon and Bertha Haley. His father was a World War I veteran and also a graduate student of agriculture from Cornell University. His mother was a school teacher. For the first five years of Alex’s life, he lived with his mother and grandparents in rural Henning, Tennessee while his father finished his degree in agriculture. Alex always said that he was very proud of his father....   [tags: Roots: The Saga of an American Family] 602 words
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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry - “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry is a play about an African-American family, who faces discrimination and financial struggles, but still remains united throughout their journey in buying a new home. Just like the Youngers, people create lifelong goals and dreams, in which they want to accomplish. When they do not fulfill their dreams, it simply becomes “a raisin in the sun” because just like a raisin loses its juice when kept outside for too long, a dream loses its significance as well....   [tags: Play, African American Family, Discrimination]
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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry - Lorraine Hansberry’s play, “A Raisin in the Sun” is a realistic drama pivoting around a black, American family’s economic and social struggle against the prejudice that occurs in Chicago during the nineteen fifties. The Youngers’ colorful personalities cause much confrontation and anguish in their small, stifling apartment. In his essay, “A Raisin in the Sun Revisited,” J. Charles Washington, suggests that “our literary judgments, to a large extent, are determined by our own moral standards, by our adherence to the rules society deems appropriate....   [tags: moral standards, black american family]
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Prejudice in Langston Hughes' Novel, Not Without Laughter - Throughout Langston Hughes' novel, Not Without Laughter, the author introduces multiple characters that reveal their notions of prejudice. The novel explores that prejudice in one form or another is in every aspect of one's life. Prejudice can be defined as an opinion for or against a person's look, race, class, or religion, which is usually formed by a hasty generalization. Most of the main characters, Aunt Hager, Sister Johnson, Jimboy, Harriet, and Tempy contain different accounts of prejudice in the world, which stimulate many of Sandy's thoughts of life as he comes of age....   [tags: christian baptist, african-american family]
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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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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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The Moynihan Report - Moynihan perceives the inclusive problem amongst the black family to be its structure. This is a product of disintegration of nativism in the black community. The “racist virus” still flowing through the veins of American society hinders, in virtually all aspects, the progression of the Negro family. Moynihan discusses the normativity of the American family as a reason that people overlook the problems that occur in Negro and nonwhite families. He emphasizes the significance of family structure by stating “The family is the basic social unit of American life; it is the basic socializing unit.” (Moynihan, II 4)....   [tags: american family, negro, black community]
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The Story of The Tyrone's: Eugene O’Neill - Eugene O’Neill’s Long day’s journey into night depicts the story of the Tyrone’s, an estranged and divided family. O’Neill’s play takes place during only one day, in which we can observe the family’s fragmented nature and problems. The Tyrone family is defined by their persistent problems that shape not only the narrative of the play, but also the relationships between the members of the family. These numerous issues also lead to an endless cycle of argues and fierce conflicts. Long day’s journey into night deals with various themes and motifs which are recurrent in other American dramas....   [tags: american dramas, divide family]
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The Industrial Revolution and the Deterioration of the Traditional Family - In 1785, Thomas Jefferson said "Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God" (Jefferson 1). These words helped shape America for the next hundred years. American families worked hard on their agricultural properties reaping the rewards of the American dream. Then, in the late nineteenth century, the United States of America was hit by the worldwide phenomenon known as the Industrial Revolution, and the U.S. was transformed into an industrial colossus. The vast lands of America made abundant resources available to those who wished to utilize them....   [tags: industrial revolution, american dream]
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The American Dream of the1950's - American Dream of the 1950’s The 1950s was a time of ambitious people that wanted To make a life for themselves and their families. This was a peaceful time also an ever changing decade. The main points of the dream consisted of the booming economy, loving enriched literature, and finally the socials status that mostly a lot of Americans cared a lot about in this period of time . From the Elvis Presley himself, the iconic American automobile, and even the authors like William Golding and J.D. Salinger that had a passion to make impact on this time period in which they loved and lived in(Josh Rahn)....   [tags: family values, literature, modern history]
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The Changing of America Family - The changing of American families has left many families broken and struggling. Pauline Irit Erera, an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, wrote the article “What is a Family?”. Erera has written extensively about family diversity, focusing on step-families, foster families, lesbian families, and noncustodial fathers. Rebecca M. Blank, a professor of economics at Northwestern University, where she has directed the Joint Center for Poverty Research, wrote the article “Absent Fathers: Why Don't We Ever Talk About the Unmarried Men?”....   [tags: family types, diversity]
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What Is A Family? - The family is far different from that of the past. It is rare to find a traditional family with a stay at home mom. Today, many children grow up in a single parent environment, with mothers who work most of the time to support them. Many children will also grow up without a father figure. In the article” Absent Fathers: Why Don’t We Ever Talk about the Unmarried Man?” Rebecca Blank states, “For every single mother, there is a father who is not living with his children. It seems that people have forgotten the importance of a father figure in a child’s life....   [tags: definition essay about family] 817 words
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Comparison of the Treatment of Aging Parents by Asians American and European Americans - ... Although many other cultures treat their aging parents differently, but in this discussion, I will consider only the Asian American point of view of Korean and Chinese descendent. In Korea, parents are usually children's responsibility, but here, the system takes care of elderly (PBS, n. d.). Traditional Chinese culture links old age with seniority and assures old people a position of security and privilege in family and community. In Chinese culture, elders are at the center of a family gathering, or they hold a position of honor at a community event (Armstrong, 2003)....   [tags: culture, family, responsibility] 785 words
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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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Growing Up in a Multicultural Family - Dear Mom and Dad, There are billions of families in this world, each and every one different in their own way. And while I haven’t even come close to meeting a fraction of those families, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t trade our family for any of the others. You two have given me the type of childhood that was filled with love and knowledge and culture. I’m sure you two realized far earlier than I did how successful Matteo and I would grow up to be. While we are both still teenagers, I have no doubt that we will be “successful” in our individual ways, whatever that may be....   [tags: Italian-American heritage]
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My Family: Life in Rural America - As a child growing up in a rural county, I didn’t have soccer practice or dance recitals; no play dates or playgrounds. I had trees to climb, woods to explore, bikes to ride and adventures to be had. I had bare feet in the grass, wincing on the gravel driveway, rocks digging into my soles. I had walnuts to crush, plums to eat, flowers to pick, bugs to catch. I had my little brothers to bug me, my mom to take care of me, my dad to laugh with me and my grandparents to hold me. I had books to read, worlds of words to get lost in....   [tags: essay about my family] 2630 words
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Sam Shepard Challenges the Validity of the American Dream in His Book, Buried Child - ... Playing the saxophone, owning a car, and having a seemingly successful career, he nearly lives the modern American Dream, with the exception of his estrangement from his family. This lack of family prompts Vince to return to Dodge’s household. When he returns, he brings his girlfriend, Shelly, who teases the home for being the iconic family house of the American Dream. However Shelly quickly learns that appearances are deceptive. Inside the house, Shelly finds the exact contradiction of the American Dream....   [tags: religion, family, dead]
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The Importance of Family in the Indian Culture - According to Eugene M. Makar, “Traditional Indian culture is defined by relatively strict social hierarchy.” He also mentions that from an early age, children are reminded of their roles and places in society. In my culture, family is given the first importance. This leads to limited freedom in career choices and no independence, particularly for women. Career choices and independence should be the first priority for any individual. In my culture, the choices made by a family member are mostly guided by the rules and goals of the culture, irrespective of how old they are....   [tags: Family Values, Cultural, India]
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