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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 Shifting Ethnic Mosaic
The shifting ethnic mosaic

Acritical issue for the understanding of families and family change in the 20th century is the nature and importance of differences by race and ethnicity. The peculiar history of slavery in the United States rendered it one of the most, if not the most, racist society in human history (Patterson 1991). Furthermore, and perhaps not totally unrelated, it has attempted to absorb a larger number of immigrants from diverse societies and cultures than any other country. These two phenomena, racism and immigration, have been woven together to create a complex mosaic of groups struggling to create secure family lives on these shores.

In this larger historical context, the events of the 20th century have been particularly dramatic for both ...

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