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This book examines the reasons why children ultimately leave home to live on their own and how the pattern has changed throughout the 20th century. The authors make use of data from the National Survey of Families and Households to: construct patterns for when children leave home; and establish the most important criteria for leaving home amongst different groups in the United States - men, women, blacks, hispanics, whites, and different religious groups and social classes.

The Changing Role of Regional Communities
The changing role of regional communities

The United States is a big country. It did not complete its current shape until the 20th century, with the consolidation of its continental identity in 1912 (when Arizona was added to the roll of states) and the later additions of Alaska and Hawaii in 1959 and 1960. The different regions of the country thus have very different histories, both in terms of their settlement with European-origin populations and in terms of their incorporation in the country as a whole.

Although the shape was pretty much set, the various regions of the country had very different experiences even in the 20th century, changing them relative to each other. During the first half of this century, ...

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