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Further, "the legendary family of the 1950s…was not, as common wisdom tells us, the last gasp of ‘traditional’ family life with deep roots in the past. " The Great Depression had created conditions under which several generations or branches of a single family shared living space in order to save money. Many Americans who grew up during this period tell stories of aunts, uncles, and grandparents sharing space with other members of their family due to the tight economy and a lack of jobs. With the end of the Depression and the start of the Baby Boom, this trend reversed itself. New families were encouraged to purchase and move into their own homes.

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This “traditional” mythos recalls the closing lines used by humorist Garrison Keillor at the end of his Prairie Home Companion monologues, when he describes his Lake Wobegone community as a place “where all the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are above average.” It also smacks of an episode of The Waltons as well as the movie Pleasantville, for reasons that will become apparent.

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What is the “traditional family?” Working father, stay-at-home mom, and two kids

With all the above evidence, why do so many people still believe in the “traditional” family described earlier? No single answer can suffice, but several factors seem to be at work.