Compare & Contrast The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

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1970s: After the death of a loved one, the family has the choice of having the body viewed at home or at the funeral parlor. It is not uncommon to have the viewing at home, in keeping with tradition.

Today: People still have the option of having the body of a loved one viewed at home on the day of the funeral, although most families choose to have the viewing at the funeral parlor. There is variation according to ethnicity and religion.

1970s: Racial tensions continue to discourage social interaction between African Americans and whites. While the law offers increased opportunities and rights to minorities, the culture is slow in catching up to this progress.

Today: Racial tensions are still a part of everyday life, particularly in very large and very small cities. Strides have been impressive, however, and social interaction between races is both common and...

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