A Single Mother Is Not Easy Essay

1196 WordsNov 3, 20165 Pages
Single motherhood in America is something that could be viewed as an issue, that almost every parent has had to overcome. Being a single mother is not easy, especially if you have more than one child to look after. I will be focusing on the history of Black and white single mothers in America and how they overcame the challenges that comes with being a single parent. Being a single mother in today’s society is perceived differently than someone who was a single mother in the nineteenth or twentieth century. At the beginning of the twentieth century, it was very rare that there be a single parent household unless something drastic occurred such as death or the draft to go to war. Most families were what you would call nuclear families. A nuclear family consists of a husband, wife, and usually two or three children. Being a single mother was unheard of in this particular time period amongst black and white families. The father would go out and work, while the wife would handle all the household duties and make sure the children were taken care of. When World War II occurred many women took on the role of being “the man of the house.” Their husbands were shipped off to war so they had no choice but to become the provider thus leaving them to be a single parent. Women took on the role of employment to make ends meet while taken care of their children single handedly. It was not until later in the century that being a single mother became a problem for both black and white
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