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June 25, 2013 / C H Thompson

Classic Extended Family

As we have read, the classic extended family consisted of male head of the family, his wife and children, his aging parents (who will have passed on the farm). Together they worked as a productive unit producing the things needed to sustain the family’s survival. The key point is the kin relationship during this period is one of binding obligations. The obligation of carrying on working on the farm for the family’s survival.

An example of this type of family can be seen in the Walton’s clip below (but it’s important to note the Walton’s is set around the American Great Depression of the early 20th century).

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