They wanted a better life for themselves and their children. My father worked hard for the opportunity to come here and the hard work paid off. He spent some years in Hong Kong working in his family's herbal shop trying to save up enough money to come to America. The first to arrive in America was my mother. She was the one that was to start our lives here.
From the first Colonial settlements to the Civil War, a great many changes took place within American society. Increasing industrialization in the North and an increase in large-scale farming coupled with reliance on slave labor in the South led to very different values and socially accepted lifestyles than were commonplace in the early colonies. In both of these societies, there was a shift from a community subsistence existence to one of markets and wages. These changes are reflected nowhere more distinctly and thoroughly than in the individual “microcosms of society:” the American family. Definitions of what constitutes a family have altered over time in response to the functions it is expected to perform.
Making garments, spinning yarn, and weaving cloth also took much time out of the day. After the Revolution and into the early 19th century, educating the children became the mother's responsibility. Widows and the wives of men off to war often managed large farms and plantations. Other women worked as servants or slaves. Unmarried women, the divorced, and women without property, might work in another household, helping out with household chores or substituting for the wife if there was not one in the family.
Higher divorce rates, increased drug and alcohol abuse and parents working outside the home have affected the lives of children in major ways, including increased poverty, abuse and diminished educational and job proficiency. During the post WWII era, the average American family consisted of a homemaker (the wife), a breadwinner for a father and two or more children. There were shared values throughout America reinforcing the importance of family and traditional marriage. The vision of this type of family life stayed intact even as its economic underpinnings were eroding. In order for the 1950s-style family to exist the economy had to be strong enough for a man to support his family Page 2 of 8Page 3 of 8Whitney 3 on his own.
But due to the hatred and hostility that people already had within them, they were viewed as being inferior. Irish immigrants were a group of people who deserved just as much respect as anyone else. While they did not receive it right from the start, they fought for it and did not stop until they got it. This proved to be a good method as they did receive it and they even started to dominate in some parts of American culture. They created a new identity for themselves and were able to live just like everyone else.
Nowadays, women’s lives have changed significantly due to the expansion of jobs that have gave women more opportu... ... middle of paper ... ...n working, still the women were the one who did most of the housework. The placement of living also had an affect on their lives as well. As a native New York, the part of queens the Ortega family lives, would be consider as “suburbs” and the part of Brooklyn, the Mendoza family live in would be considered as the urban. Their surroundings affected their affirmation of their choice of gender ideology. In Queens, most women were stay-at-home mothers and expected the man to provides the finical needs.
Around the year 1800, there are some significant political, economic, and social changes. These changes affected Americans significantly. Americans in nineteenth century described that freedom is the most important character of their country. Freedom was connected with economic and democracy but it is also influenced by the slavary system. In the first half of the nineteenth century, the Market Revolution was famous in America.
Sacrifices for Children: Is it necessary that they have a stay at home parent It used to be, that the wife was the designated house maker, and the husband would go work to work the day shift and make all the money. The wife would then take care of the kids and raise them and look after them while the father was away. Since then many things have changed. Women can get jobs easier now and make just as much or more money than men, so the problem arises what to do with the children while the parents are out. There are some fathers who stay at home and look after them even though this is not typical.
The father was the “breadwinner” of the family, meaning he was the one who work to provide financially for his wife and children, as the mother would stay home and take care of the house and the children. Families have changed since then, fathers are becoming stay-at-home dads while the mothers are working. This change has also changed the norm of society by changing the pattern of rights and the changing of expectations of marriages (Fraser,
We are now seeing what sociologists call the senior-partner/junior-partner structure. Women and mothers are now opting for the choice to work and provide more economic resources for the family. This has changed those expected duties of both men and women in a family scene. A working mother more or less abandons the role of homemaker, to become a “breadwinning” mother, and the father stays his course with his work and provide for the family. Suzanne M. Bianchi in her book Changing Rhythms of American Family Life comments on the effect of mothers working and the time they spend in the home.