Marriage,Morals, and Family Life
Theexcerpt from the book “An Introduction to American History”describes the differences in the moral, family life, and marriagebetween American and Europe (Farmer & Sanders, 2004). The authordescribes reasons for variations in the social behavior of the peoplein these different nations. For instance, agricultural developmentand industrialization were responsible for the early marriages in theU.S. since young women and men did not have to wait for many years togain capital that could allow them to marry (Farmer & Sanders,2004). The early marriages led to a high birth rate per a woman.Other differences included the lack of patriarchal structures andunity as compared with the Europe as well as less knit ethical,educative, protective, and economic responsibilities of the families.Although the American people upheld moral values similar to the onesin England, the frankness about sex in this country astoundedvisitors. Additionally, the outsiders viewed the youths’ freedomand early self-management as means of facilitating indiscipline(Farmer & Sanders, 2004). They also saw the region as an unformedsociety due to the perceived poor structure. This paper seeks todescribe the significance of this topic to the world today.
Theseearly traits regarding the social life of the Americans havesignificantly influenced the current behaviors in the U.S. Forinstance, strict views regarding married men and women having anaffair have their roots in the early practices. More than 90% of theAmerican citizens consider this practice morally unacceptable. Thecurrent independence of the young people is also attributable to thepast beliefs and behaviors. However, just like in the past the livesof the young people are tied to the families (Farmer & Sanders,2004). Currently, the government of the U.S. describes living insolitude particularly among the young people as illegal. Theauthority ensures that an individual is living with others to ensurepeople take care of each other just like a family does. The Americansalso do not allow the children to live alone within the society evenif they don’t have parents. The education systems have introducednew sources of kids’ guidance, knowledge, and moral support.
Asa result of the earlier concerns about the America’s social status,various laws and institutions have been developed to counter negativeperformance. An example of such developments includes the lawsleading to the existence of foster care, child protection, and therules against domestic violence. The Family Violence Prevention andService Act ensure the victims of exploitation and mistreatmentwithin the family unions have been addressed. Laws have also been putin place to ensure that no young individual is homeless. The kids whodo not have a permanent home are provided with shelter in childrenhomes or through adoption programs. Just like in the ancient times,cases of divorce among the American couples are dominant. Laws havebeen involved in providing a legal process for the people who wish todivorce. Institutions such as the churches and other religiouscenters still have significant influences on the social values of theAmericans. If it were not for these earlier challenges, most of theselaws and regulations wouldn’t be existent.
Inconclusion, the ancient America was very different from otherEuropean nations. These differences were due to the variationsmarriage life, morals, and marriage. The Americans behavior regardingthese aspects of social structure was considered primitive by theoutside world. The visitors did not approve the Americans earlymarriages, self-management among the kids, and lack of accountabilityby the family unit to educating the young people and protecting them.The current behavior is a reflection of the past ones, and thecurrent government has enacted laws to support good practice as welleliminate ineffective social practices that occurred in the past.
Farmer,A., & Sanders, V. (2004). An Introduction to American History,Vol. 1 to 187, 1860-1990.