Another major aspect of family change has been the influx of immigrants. While white Europeans, increasing amounts of South, had previously dominated the United States and African American citizens would further change the family structure. One of the primary changes that occurred in these regards was the expansion of the American family. Many South American families have large family structures, where cousins and grandparents remain close-knit. In these regards, the family structure would expand. In addition, shifting social trends would indicate that divorce was not as chastised as it had previously been. This would further result in splintered families, with one parent. Ultimately, it’s clear that family values have greatly changed over the years. In terms of becoming weaker or strong, this is understood in terms of the perspective of the individual involved. In many regards, families today are much more malleable and able to change; this demonstrates strength and flexibility. Still, one realizes that perhaps the core nuclear family, with limited divorce rates is perhaps a forever a lost aspect of American society. In these regards, the family has weakened.
In conclusion, this essay has considered the nature of the American family. The essay demonstrated that the family structure has greatly changed over the years due to women’ rights, immigration, and changing social trends. Finally, it demonstrated that these changes have both strengthened and weakened the family structure.