Compare & Contrast The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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1930s: The relationship between men and women is clearly defined. Men are the breadwinners and the heads of the families. Women stay at home to take care of the children and the housework.

Today: Men and women share the economic burden of the household. Many married women with children are in the workplace. Preschool children are cared for in daycare centers or at home with paid baby-sitters.

1930s: Racism is condoned throughout the country, and laws in the South enforce segregation. African Americans are kept out of many industries.

Today: Discrimination on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, or disability in the workplace is illegal.

1930s: Violence against women is widespread and ignored by the police.

Today: Violence against women is illegal, and perpetrators are being vigorously prosecuted in both civilian and military life.

1930s: Most religious African Americans belong to either a Baptist or Methodist congregation...

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