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March 1990, Vol. 113, No. 3
American families: 75 years of change
James R. Wetzel
Former assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, now directs the work for the Center for Demographic Studies at the U.S. Bureau of the Census
American families have changed in many ways in this century, as our population adapted to evolving technologies, economic conditions, and social trends. Changes were particularly pronounced during the 1960's and 1970's, as the baby-boom generation reached adulthood. This article traces the characteristics of American families during the past 75 years.
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