Think of the American "traditional family," and you probably imagine the Cleavers from the 1950s sitcom "Leave it to Beaver" — or at least the Drapers in the early seasons of "Mad Men." This nostalgic view of family life colors virtually every social issue that affects modern society. There's just one problem: The traditional family of the 1950s was a brand-new and short-lived phenomenon. We can't return to the days of the "traditional" family because they hardly existed in the first place.
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Written by Ashley Hamer September 18, 2017
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