Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life

Steven Mintz, Author, Susan Kellogg, With Free Press $27.95 (316p) ISBN 978-0-02-921290-5
American family structure has changed radically in the 300 years since patriarchal Puritan days, when it was the basic political, religious and educational unit of state and community, maintain Mintz, University of Houston associate professor of history, and Kellogg, his wife, who teaches anthropology, also at Houston. The authors vividly evoke a diversity of family patterns and experiences among racial and ethnic groups, including Afro-American slave kinship networks. They discuss how changes wrought in working-class families by the agricultural and industrial revolutions, the Great Depression and WW II affected family roles and relationships. Emerging from the relative stability of the 1950s and the largely mythical ideal of the nuclear family, today's aging, individual-oriented society, transformed by a sexual revolution, considers the family in whatever formcohabitation, single-parent households, ""blended'' families from several marriages, among othersas a means of personal fulfillment for both partners, with public institutions taking over many of its traditional roles. Illustrations. (January 4)
Reviewed on: 02/01/1988
Release date: 02/01/1988
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 316 pages - 978-0-02-921291-2
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