An American Family

Author: Jeffrey Ruoff
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816635610
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Before 1973, the Loud family of Santa Barbara, California, lived in the privacy of their own home. With the airing of the documentary An American Family, that "privacy" extended to every American home with a television. This book is the first to offer a close look at An American Family -- the documentary that blurred conventions, stirred passions, revised impressions of family life and definitions of private and public, and began the breakdown of distinctions between reality and spectacle that culminated in cultural phenomena from The Oprah Winfrey Show to Survivor.

An American Family

Author: Ishbel Ross
Publisher: Cleveland : World Publishing Company
Format: PDF, ePub
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The public and private lives and immense achievements of a brilliant and colorful family.

The Social History of the American Family

Author: Marilyn J. Coleman
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483370429
Format: PDF, Docs
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The American family has come a long way from the days of the idealized family portrayed in iconic television shows of the 1950s and 1960s. The four volumes of The Social History of the American Family explore the vital role of the family as the fundamental social unit across the span of American history. Experiences of family life shape so much of an individual’s development and identity, yet the patterns of family structure, family life, and family transition vary across time, space, and socioeconomic contexts. Both the definition of who or what counts as family and representations of the “ideal” family have changed over time to reflect changing mores, changing living standards and lifestyles, and increased levels of social heterogeneity. Available in both digital and print formats, this carefully balanced academic work chronicles the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of American families from the colonial period to the present. Key themes include families and culture (including mass media), families and religion, families and the economy, families and social issues, families and social stratification and conflict, family structures (including marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenting and children, and mixed and non-modal family forms), and family law and policy. Features: Approximately 600 articles, richly illustrated with historical photographs and color photos in the digital edition, provide historical context for students. A collection of primary source documents demonstrate themes across time. The signed articles, with cross references and Further Readings, are accompanied by a Reader’s Guide, Chronology of American Families, Resource Guide, Glossary, and thorough index. The Social History of the American Family is an ideal reference for students and researchers who want to explore political and social debates about the importance of the family and its evolving constructions.

The Hemingses of Monticello An American Family

Author: Annette Gordon-Reed
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393070033
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize: "[A] commanding and important book." —Jill Lepore, The New Yorker This epic work—named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, Time, the Los Angeles Times, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a notable book by the New York Times—tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family’s dispersal after Jefferson’s death in 1826.

An American Family Myth

Author: Norine G. Johnson
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1452092745
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"Like the widows of other American tragedies, Verna must discover the strength to survive and provide for her family. An American family myth begins in 1916....Psychologist Norine Johnson brings her knowledge of post-traumatic stress and family to this novel..."--Jacket back.


Author: John Egerton
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813127835
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"Winner of the 1984 Lillian Smith Award The saga of the Ledfords of Lancaster, Kentucky, Generations transcends family biography to become a social history of our national experience, a metaphor of America. This twentieth anniversary edition brings the Ledfords' remarkable story up to date.

Television and the American Family

Author: J. Alison Bryant
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135663904
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This second edition of a trend-setting volume provides an updated examination of the interaction between families and the most pervasive mass medium: television. Charting the dynamic developments of the American family and television over the past decade, this volume provides a comprehensive representation of programmatic research into family and television and examines extensively the uses families make of television, how extensions of television affect usage, families' evolving attitudes toward television, the ways families have been and are portrayed on television, the effects television has on families, and the ways in which families can mediate its impact on their lives. The volume is an invaluable resource for scholars and students in the areas of media and society, children and media, and family studies.

Oh Beautiful

Author: John Paul Godges
Publisher: John Paul Godges
ISBN: 9781451508017
Format: PDF
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AWARDED THE KIRKUS STAR! NAMED TO KIRKUS REVIEWS' BEST OF 2011 LIST! 2012 INDIEREADER DISCOVERY AWARD WINNER! 2012 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD RECIPIENT! INDIE BOOK AWARDS FINALIST IN TWO CATEGORIES! An extended Italian immigrant family clings to community life amid tragedy, the Spanish flu, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. A broken Polish immigrant family leaves a legacy of heartbreak, separation, Civilian Conservation Corps redemption, and World War II heroism. From these dissimilar backgrounds emerges a quintessential American family, one whose members embody the conflicting social movements of their times: a staunchly Catholic Polish immigrant U.S. Marine Corps father, an emotionally effusive Italian mother, an Oliver North son, a Hillary Clinton daughter, a mentally ill sister, a jock brother, a lesbian rocker, and a gay male activist. In an age of bitter cultural polarization, "Oh, Beautiful: An American Family in the 20th Century" celebrates what has kept America together. This true story is an engrossing portrait of an American family and an evocative documentation of nearly 100 years of American history.