Quotation by Kenneth Keniston

The most important difference between these early American families and our own is that early families constituted economic units in which all members, from young children on up, played important productive roles within the household. The prosperity of the whole family depended on how well husband, wife, and children could manage and cultivate the land. Children were essential to this family enterprise from age six or so until their twenties, when they left home.
Kenneth Keniston (20th century), U.S. professor, human development. All Our Children, ch. 1, The Carnegie Council on Children (1977).
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