According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a family is "a group of two or more people who reside together

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a family is "a group of two or more people who reside together and who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption.” (Eutk). In the beginning, family was considered to be all of the individuals who contributed to the household as far as bringing in money; including servants and non-parental adults, who are also considered part of the family if they play a large role in the upbringing or care-taking of children other than their own. But in fact, over the last few centuries until present day, the institution of the family has completely changed. In the late-18th Century, marriage was considered just a union based on love, but as time passed, there were other financial, social, and political shifts in the…show more content…
In regards to marriage, there was a smaller percentage of individuals who got married again after divorce, and there was no such thing as long distance relationships. In colonial times, the relationship between a husband and his wife raises the questions of what the positions are for men and women, and what values were associated with each sex. Men were considered the “head of household” and were the only people to be deemed “freemen.” So, how was marriage considered a contract of survival? Demos gives the readers multiple examples and insight about the family life back in the Plymouth Colony. Women were included under their husbands, not recognized as their own individual selves when married. Demos states, “The married woman, indeed, was largely subsumed under the legal personality of her husband; she was virtually without rights to own property, make contracts, or sue for damages on her own account.” (Demos, 84). To back up his argument, Demos gives the reader the example of colonial wives being able to have the rights to property. The law only specifically addressed women and property rights when it came to them being widows. It was said that widows should have the use or profit from only one third of the land that her husband owned by the time of his death. The law also addressed women’s denied rights to make contracts. The only exception to this rule was in the event that a woman who is a widow, decides to marry again. In

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