Wednesday, April 22, 2020
1 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Over the last century, many of the once-traditional functions of the American family have shifted from the home to institutions outside of the family. Birth, education, work, and death now take place in schools, workplaces, and hospitals. This webinar explored that shift as well as whether the current crisis might return the family and home to a more central place in our lives.
Executive Director Jeff Sikkenga talked with Dr. Lauren Hall, a faculty member in Ashbrook’s Teaching American History graduate program and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Hall is a great scholar of the American family and has written a book titled, Family and the Politics of Moderation: Private Life, Public Goods, and the Rebirth of Social Individualism.
Jeff and Dr. Hall will helped us explore the following documents:
- Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 23 July, 1777
- The Influence of Democracy on the Family, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1840
- The Democratic Household, Jane Addams, 1902
A recording of the webinar is available below.