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Graff,E.J. “What Makes a Family.” Rereading America. 5th Ed. Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. 26-38. Print. E.J. Graff explores the history of the term “family” in its Roman origin “familia”. She explains that in early Roman times, a family was not defined by bloodlines, but by the choice of the head of the family.

Soto, Gary. “Looking for Work.” Rereading America. 5th Ed.Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. 26-31. Print. Is a narration of a nine year old boy, Gary, who is a Mexican-American who wants that his family become perfect, so he starts to immitate conducts from hsi favorite TV show and implemented in his family.

Coontz, Stephanie. “What we Really miss about the 1950s.” Rereading America. 6th Ed.Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. 31-47. Print. It talks about a poll taken in 1996 by the Knight-Ridder news agency that more Americans preferred 1950's as the best decade for children to grow up. Coontz doesn't believe that it is a decade for people to remember fondly about, except for financial reasons and better communication within families.

“The Myth of Education and Empowerment.” Rereading America. 6th Ed.Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. 135-141. Print. Education in the engine that drives the American dream. Also, its important because it was considered a source of order, control and discipline.

Mann, Horace. “From report of the Massachusetts board of education, 1848.” Rereading America. 6th Ed.Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004. 142-151. Print. Discusses the importance of education and the role it plays on social class. The intentions of the government and school systems are to allow each child an equal opportunity to do with their life what they wish.

Rodriguez, Richard. “The achievement of Desire.”...
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