The Role of the Father in the Family

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Research Paper: The Role of The Father in The Family
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

People probably have different views and definitions of what constitutes a family. What an individual might consider part of his family might be different to someone else. A family can consist of individuals who have some connectivity whether by science in which genetics are at play, or by giving an individual, animal, or object attributes that will make them part of your family. It is difficult to have a concrete definition of what actually makes a family but it is clear that throughout time many aspects of the family have remained the same. As society becomes more advanced and open the vision of the family has
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The most drastic change in the family occurred during The American Revolution. The patriarchal system that was brought to the colonies from England was vanishing, as people from the colonies thought that England was taking advantage of them. Just like in the colonies where young people did not need of their parent’s inheritance to be successful or happy, people in the colonies were taking the same approach towards England. According to Lorett Treese “a parent’s power over their children is limited and temporary and that young adults have the right for independence as soon they achieve maturity and or if their parents abuse their power”. In other words just like a child the colonists had the right to be independent, as England was abusing it’s power by placing restrictions on colonial manufactures and taxes on colonial commerce. Through the American Revolution people were shifting ideas, values, and behavior and rejecting patriarchal rule. The majority of people that supported the independence were young kids and teenagers that were very passionate about becoming independent from England.
The next change in the family that affected the role of the father occurred during the Industrial Revolution. A new idea of individualism was emerging and people started to think, behave and act differently than their parents and grandparents. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s family was

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