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were taught through a variety of classes (Perdue). While Native Americans may have attempt to live by the domestic family ideology, social discrimination subjects them to the notion that they were unworthy of assimilation. The Mexican family is able to maintain its family ideology during the 19th century without assimilation. Mexican families often follow circular migration patterns, which makes it difficult to be effected by Americanization. Furthermore, Mexican immigration lead families to areas like Los Angeles where extended Mexican communities exist, which allows for Mexican family ideology to be practiced. Traditional Mexican views embraced male dominance and the importance of home and family. Americanization programs fail because Mexican immigrants never fully committed

themselves (Sanchez). Along with no desire to assimilate, Mexican families would have trouble economically stabilizing a domestic family. Sanchez emphasizes this by pointing out that Mexican Women could not hope to develop allegiances to the United States when the economic condition of their families forced them to migrate consistently in search of an economic livelihood. Probably the most notably discriminated family in American history is the African American family. They are seemingly not allowed to conform and at the same time deemed inferior for not conforming. As a result of slavery and sharecropping, black women are forced to work traditionally men s jobs. The notion of fictive kin, in which there is an emergence of strong kin ties (sometimes beyond blood ties), is an

evident aspect of African American family ideology. A large majority of the time the fathers are moved from their families by their masters orders, which results in a stronger mother-child bond. And their central feature, beyond patriarchy, beyond matriarchy, beyond egalitarianism, was their matrifocality. African-American families were focused around the women (Billingsley). This reflects alternative family system developed out of necessity. The dominant classes of the late 19th century look down on nonconformity of social norms. Native Americans are considered uncivilized (Perdue). Women in the working class who are forced to let kids into street to work are viewed as immoral and uncaring (Stansell). Mexicans are thought of as dirty and dangerous (Sanchez). African Americans

suffer the brunt of severe racism and labels of inferiority. The dominant classes attempt to justify themselves with motivated, inaccurate, scientific (biological) rational for why some groups could not conform to social norms (Morantz-Sanchez). Members of non-standard family groups most likely felt frustrated. Mr. Bernstein from Hester Street who feels old culture is being lost through Americanization proclaimed A Pox on Columbus, emphasizing his frustration with his surrounding environment. In more severe situations, African Americans may have feared their surrounding social order. Native Americans may feel tricked and angered. Overall, these groups probably wished that whatever economic or social situation that restricted their abilities and options were removed. Maybe if

these restrictions were removed these groups would conform to the social norms.