This is how Brookings economist Isabel Sawhill on her twitter feed summarized her new article, available here.
…What was happening to black families in the ’60s can be reinterpreted today not as an indictment of the black family but as a harbinger of a larger collapse of traditional living arrangements—of what demographer Samuel Preston, in words that Moynihan later repeated, called “the earthquake that shuddered through the American family.”
That earthquake has not affected all American families the same way. While the Moynihan report focused on disparities between white and black, increasingly it is class, and not just race, that matters for family structure. more
Isabel Sawhill contributed to our recent FamilyScholars Symposium on our new report, “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent,” in State of Our Unions. You can read her symposium contribution here and read the report here.