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Moving Toward Today's Family--An Epilogue

Family change did not stop in the next 200 years. There have continued to be momentous changes in American society that affected the families of all economic classes and ethnic groups. There has been westward expansion, Indian reservations, waves of immigration, changes in economic opportunity, wars, the abolition of slavery, the Victorian ideal of behavior, the growth of American industry and American cities, the civil rights struggle, the women’s movement, the nonconforming 1960s, and more. Families as we have come to know them and as we think they should be are a legacy of the 18th century.