Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-marital Age

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Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, Jan 1, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 179 pages
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A generation ago Americans undertook a revolutionary experiment to redefine marriage. The results of this experiment separating marriage from childrearing are in, and they are bad news for children and for the country as a whole. The family upheaval has hit African-Americans especially hard. We forgot what American marriage was designed to do: it ordered lives by giving the young a meaningful life script. It supported middle-class foresight, planning, and self-sufficiency. And it organized men and women around The Mission nurturing their children's cognitive, emotional, and physical development. It is The Mission that separates middle-class kids from their less-parented and lower-achieving peers. In fact our great family experiment threatens to turn what the founders imagined as an opportunity-rich republic of equal citizens into a hereditary caste society."

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Marriage and Caste
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Kay S. Hymowitz is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York City and a contributing editor of City Journal.

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