American Families in the Cold War Era
Elaine Tyler May’s `Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold covers historical development of family unit, social, economic, political forces and the breakdown of traditional family.
Elaine Tyler May’s Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era captures the underlying tensions that belies the portrait of the traditional American family from the ’40s to the late ’60s. In May’s depiction, the family was upheld as a bastion of security and domestic bliss. Men were willing to sacrifice the autonomy and freedom of bachelorhood to assume the responsibility of being the primary breadwinner of a family. Concomitantly, women gave up their pursuits in education and careers to take on the domestic responsibilities of wife and mother (May 23). However, in her book, May highlights the individual tragedies of these nuclear families that appeared to have everything any family could have wanted. The seething discontent of the individuals in these families would ultimately lead to the disintegration of traditional family units (May 201-2).`