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Culture Change Since the 1950's

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Savannah McDonald

on 9 June 2014

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how have changes in the American family influenced and changed our culture since the 1950's?
By: Amber Morrison and Savannah McDonald
Role of The Wife/ Mother In The Home In The 1950's
Women were supposed to fulfill certain roles, such as a caring mother, a diligent homemaker, and an obedient wife. The perfect mother was supposed to stay home and nurture so society would accept them.
The Role Of The Wife/ Mother In The Home Now
Women today are able to work wherever they want, and provide for their families. The husband and wife are both equals. The mother cares for her child but she does not have to be a stay at home mom if she decides to go back to work, she has the choice.
Historical People
Culture Change Since the 1950's
Time Spent In Front of T.V Since the 1950's
During the 1950s, television became the dominant mass media as more people started to watched TV in their homes.
In the early fifties, the number of hours young people watched TV steadily increased, a trend which has not really changed since that time.
Whatever was shown on TV became normal to everyone else. The ideal family, the ideal schools and neighborhoods, the world, were all seen in a way which had only partial basis in reality
children in the early 2000s, as compared to a generation ago:
1) spend less time playing outdoors
2) participate in different activities outdoors (e.g., fewer street games and more organized youth sports)
3) participate in more indoor than outdoor play activities
Divorce Rate since the 1950s
In 1950 it was very low, with a divorce rate of 26%
People rarely got divorced, people cheated more often than now.
From 1960 to 1980, the divorce rate more than doubled — from 9.2 divorces per 1,000 married women to 22.6 divorces per 1,000 married women. This meant that while less than 20% of couples who married in 1950 ended up divorced, about 50% of couples who married in 1970 did.

Works Cited
In 1950 Margaret Sanger created the first birth control pills which gave women a choice, and more freedom
Divorce rate now
About 40-50% of American couples are divorced in 2014
Time Spent In Front Of The Computer Since The 1950's
American families in Suburbs in 1950's
They moved because of racial fears, affordable housing, and the desire to leave decaying cities were what drove families to suburbs.
The need to "keep up with the Joneses" was born in the American suburb.
Thousands and thousands of families moved to sububs.

"The Evolution of Divorce Publications National Affairs." The Evolution of Divorce Publications National Affairs. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2014.
we used this website to see how much the divorce rate has changed since the 1950's until now,and when the divorce rate was highest.
American Cultural History." - 1950-1959. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2014.
we used this because it showed me a timeline of different events that happened in the 50's.
Wetzel, James R. "American Families: 75 Years of Change." Monthly Labor Review 113.3, SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE FAMILY (1990): 4-13. Web. we
used this website to find out how much family life has changed since 1950.
"Television Comes to America, 1947-57." Television Comes to America, 1947-57. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2014.
we used this website to find out how much people watched TV in the 1950's compared to today.
"Digital History." Digital History. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2014.
we used this to find information about birth control
Housewife in the 1950s
Change In Family Life
Today, two-thirds of all married women with children--and an even higher proportion of single mothers--work outside the home, compared to just 16 percent in 1950. Half of all marriages end in divorce--twice the rate in 1966 and three times the rate in 1950. Three children in ten are born out of wedlock. Over a quarter of all children now live with only one parent and fewer than half of live with both their biological mother and father. Meanwhile, the proportion of women who remain unmarried and childless has reached a record high; fully twenty percent of women between the ages of 30 and 34 have not married and over a quarter have had no children, compared to six and eight percent, respectively, in 1970.
A Family Enjoying TV Together
Important Information
Changes in the American family have influenced and changed our culture greatly since the 1950's. Families spend less time together and more time on their phones or out at work. The way people act is completely different as are our views and morals.
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