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Racial Differences in Household and Family Structure at the Turn of the Century

Citation

Morgan, S. Philip; McDaniel, Antonio; Miller, Andrew T.; & Preston, Samuel H. (1993). Racial Differences in Household and Family Structure at the Turn of the Century. American Journal of Sociology, 98(4), 799-828.

Abstract

Using recently available data drawn from the 1910 census manuscripts, this article documents sharp racial differences in family and household structure at the turn of the century. Compared with those of native whites, African-American households were less likely to be nuclear and more likely to be headed by women. Further, African-American women were much more likely than white women to have surviving children who were not living with them at the time of the census. Because such historical differences parallel contemporary ones, the authors call for greater attention to persistent structural, cultural, and demographic factors that affect racial different in family structure.

URL

http://www.jstor.org/stable/2781236

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Journal of Sociology

Author(s)

Morgan, S. Philip
McDaniel, Antonio
Miller, Andrew T.
Preston, Samuel H.

Year Published

1993

Volume Number

98

Issue Number

4

Pages

799-828

Reference ID

5591