(The Invention of) Traditional Family Values

BackStory on May 15, 2013 20:19

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    California's recent passage of a gay marriage ban suggests that many Americans subscribe to the idea of the “traditional” family -- caregiver mom, breadwinner dad, and 2.5 children. But whose tradition is it, really? In this hour, the Guys hear dueling viewpoints -- first from Focus on the Family, and then from a Columbia University historian of families. Historian Marie Jenkins Schwartz discusses the pressures and triumphs of enslaved families, and Stephen Talbot, who played Gilbert on Leave it to Beaver, talks about what it was like to grow up in the iconic American family.

    Visit our website for additional reading, listener comments, and background on the featured guests: backstoryradio.org/the-invention-of-traditional-family-values/

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