Modern History Changes the Family

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In the last ten years of American history, there have been many milestones, events, and trends that have shaped American history. Not only did it shape history, but it changed how the American family lived. Examples such as the 9/11 attacks and new technological advancements have prompted serious and emotional conversations among family members and is considered important to cultural historians on how to understand the current mythologies of family. Aside from the ideal decade of the 1950s, the idea of family has changed in the twenty-first century because of new trends and recent events that set to define what family is really about.

One event in the last ten years that most people would think about is the September 11th attacks at New York. It was a very horrific day in American history and in that tragedy the mythology of family changed forever. Apart from the nuclear family that Stephanie Coontz described for the 1950s , there is no more a quiet suburbia as described in television shows. In reality, some families are rather dysfunctional due to personal drama. However, after 9/11, families started to realize that in their possible last moments on earth, they may not have a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones. Cultural historians might consider this very important because horrible catastrophes that happen in a nation can affect a family and everyone else as well. When author Gary Soto described his experience about desiring a perfect family, he didn’t mention how any event from the 50s or 60s affected his life or those around him. It was mostly on how he wanted to find work and better his life. Nevertheless, 9/11 changed everything and the American family became more courageous and wiser.

Mythologies are not only a tactical intervention into current cultural theory but also aspires to define a new discipline. It wants to escalate the riskiness of cultural analysis, to remind us that reading practices...
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