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Changing With Time: The Family Unit . Vicki Lombardo English 102 Section 5232. When evaluating the family unit it is important to look at:. History Major events that have pushed these changes The roles each member played. To see how the family unit has changed look at:. The 1800’s

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Changing With Time: The Family Unit

Vicki Lombardo

English 102 Section 5232

When evaluating the family unit it is important to look at l.jpg
When evaluating the family unit it is important to look at:


Major events that have pushed these changes

The roles each member played

To see how the family unit has changed look at l.jpg
To see how the family unit has changed look at:

  • The 1800’s

  • The 1900’s

  • Present Day Society

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The 1800’s

  • Men:

  • During the 1800’s the male played a very traditional role as the head of the household.

  • “white southerners honored aggressive male behavior and therefore encouraged it in their young sons.…family ties were stronger, and women played a more subordinate role” (Morgan 124)

  • The males job was to provide for their families, which most of the time consisted of manual labor.

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The 1800’s

  • Men:

  • Jobs were held by men, and consisted of: railroad worker, journalist, political party activist and many more.

  • Due to jobs only being able to be obtained by males, when organizations made agreements they were coined as “gentlemen’s agreements” (Ingui 16).

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The 1800’s

  • Women:

  • Women at this time played a passive role, with limited education, and whose purpose was to raise a family.

  • Women, who could not work at the time, would “raise their child to adulthood in their home” (Flanders 6).

  • Schooling for women was severely limited in the eighteen hundreds.

  • “Women were not allowed to continue school after grammar school” (Sheffield).

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The 1800’s

  • Children:

  • Children were required to do a large amount of manual labor around the house.

  • “Milking the cows, fetching water, watching out for the younger kids, helping unpack and pack, herd the extra live stock, help cook, help with laundry, and fish and hunt for small game” (CNTENA) were some of the jobs children did.

  • Education for children was very limited and there were few laws that regulated education.

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  • Men:

  • During the beginning of this period it was still male dominated; however, by the end it was fairly equal.

  • It became more common for men to stay home.

  • Marriage fluctuated between its highest and lowest points during the era.

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  • Women:

  • Women took great strides for equality during the era.

    • Suffrage Movement

    • Politics

      • Took political offices

      • National and American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) (Ingui 164)

  • Rise in women running the house

  • Rise in divorce

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  • Children:

  • Segregation during the 1900’s was a major issue and was working to be solved.

    • Laws

      • “sit-in” in 1960

      • “Freedom rides” in 1961

      • Title Nine in 1972

  • They also had to deal with

    the emotional and physical

    consequences of divorce.

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Present Day

  • Men:

  • Acceptable for them to remain at home

  • A problem not faced previously is some fathers becoming “Deadbeat Dads” (Cabrera 127-136).

  • The family unit in turn lacks a male role model

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Present Day

  • Women:

  • Women are considered equal:

    • They have rights guaranteeing equality to obtaining a job and to vote.

    • They no longer are forced to stay home.

    • They can work instead of having to raise a family.

    • Fair chance at education

    • Hold Political office maybe even becoming president in 2009

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Present Day

  • Children:

  • Have been granted a free public education

    • Segregation not much of an issue

    • Have laws regarding Special Needs students

  • Divorce is still a major issue for children; according to CNN the divorce rate for the U.S. is at 50%.

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In a nutshell

  • In examining the 1800’s, 1900’s, and present society, many changes can be seen in what is known as the typical “American family unit.”

  • Without such changes the world would not be the same that it is today

  • Where will America evolve to next, with the next century behind us?

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  • Angelo, Bonnie. First Families. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2005.

  • Cabrera, Natasha. "Fatherhood in the 21st Century." Child Development 71(2000): 127-136.

  • Ingui, Mary Jane. American History 1877 to the Present. New York: Barron’s Educational

  • Mandell, Deena. Deadbeat Dads. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002

  • Roberts, Sam. Who We Are Now. New York: Henry Holt Company, LLC, 2004

  • Scott, John Anthony . Settlers on the Eastern Shore. New York: Facts on File Inc, 1991.

  • Sheffield, Wesley. “The Idea of Women’s Equality and its Migration Throughout American

  • Taylor, Alan. American Colonies. New York: Penguin Group, 2001.