An American Family

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  • The Way We Never Were: American Families And The Nostalgia Trap By Stephanie Coontz Analysis

    In the book, The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap by Stephanie Coontz, the author deconstructs various types of stereotypes and myths embodied by television shows that romanticize family life and gender roles. Coontz (1992) states that these idealizations promote the “traditional family” myth which she describes as “an ahistorical amalgam of structures, values, and behaviors that never coexisted in time and place” (p.9). The notions derived from this myth are a…

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  • Roots: The Saga Of An American Family

    Roots: The Saga of an American Family is a unique novel which explains in vivid detail the life of slaves in America. The novel begins in the Mandinka village of Juffure where Kunta Kinte is born in the spring of 1750. His parents of Omoro and Binta Kinte. This Gambian village is prominently Muslim, and there are many of the Muslim’s traditions in place. For example, Kunta’s father takes place in a seven day naming ceremony to name Kunta. Other examples may include the village’s praying habits…

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  • The Madness Of The American Family Analysis

    In the essay, The Madness of the American Family by Midge Decter, many interesting points were brought up concerning how Americans, who are so fortunate, have gotten themselves into such a predicament as to debate what ‘family’ means. Decter's main claim is that by marrying and raising a family in the traditional way, we will fulfill the destinies intended for us, which will give our lives full meaning. She explains that we can't fool Mother Nature and if we try to, we will end up with all…

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  • Gender Inequality In American Families

    Question 1 There are multiple issues surrounding gender inequality in American families today. It is something that both men and women face every day without realizing it most times. The gender expectations families face, and education are just two of these issues. These issues have more impact on our families and lives then we actually recognize. Gender expectations are brought up, discussed but not enforced. Women constantly struggle to be heard, and acknowledge that they are more than just…

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  • Effects Of Vietnam War On American Families

    The Vietnam War was an extreme waste of time and energy in the minds of the American people. They protested the war constantly which lead to tensions against the government. Many events occurred that would tear the country apart due to their differing opinions on the Vietnam War and this is largely because it changed the American economy for the worse, destroyed American family lives, and finally presidents made promises in political elections and did not follow through with them. The economic…

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  • Frontline's Documentary, Two American Families

    Frontline’s documentary, Two American Families, portrays the struggles of two middle-class American families as they navigate the ups and downs of life in an effort to hopefully achieve the American dream. Owning a home, sending children to college and planning for retirement epitomize the foundation of the American dream, and yet very few achieve these three goals due to a variety of factors: periods of unemployment, low wage jobs, little or no health benefits, debt, etc. The documentary weaves…

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  • Modern American Family: The Roman Republic

    The Roman household is a great deal larger than the modern American household, which usually consisted of a man, his wife, and their children. School is required for all American children, rather than just those of the upper-class, and children are usually sent to large communal schools to learn alongside other children. Boys and girls receive equal educations, as modern American girls do not have to worry about preparing for child marriages as the girls of ancient Rome…

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  • Modern American Families Film Analysis

    The title of of this class, Modern American Families, is an interesting one that can be discussed in various ways. The choice to watch films from several different eras was enjoyable. I elected to write a paper on the films we viewed in class and the themes they brought forth regarding “Modern American Families”. The two themes that I feel were most prevalent and important were courtship and marriage along with domesticity and gender roles. These are general topics, but I will dig deeper into…

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  • Personal Narrative: A Traditional American Family

    Twist I have always contemplated the idea of a traditional American family. Thinking about a white picket fence life with a dog, two parents, and a big house with a red door has been a way to pass the time in my less than ideal life. Why do I imagine a family outside of my own? My family is pathetic. While I dream of my family being similar to the Brady Bunch, the tragic reality is, we are nothing like a sitcom family. My only family is my drunk, druggy, prostitute mother, who is not exactly…

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  • How The Great Depression Changed American Families

    The Great Depression During the Great Depression, american families were struggling to survive the drastic changes that the depression had on them. Many significant components of the depression had mainly to do with the impact it had on american families. After the stock market crashed in 1929, and the debate about economic crisis, that is where the lives of american families changed dramatically. There was a numerous amount of families that were left unemployed, without a home, suffering…

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