"All in The Family" Cultural Representation of the 1970's in America

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All in the Family

In watching episodes from "Leave it to Beaver" and "The Andy Griffith Show" we were able to see the cultural representations at that time through the show itself. The 1950's had a more traditional family attitude, the man running the house with the mom and the children following his ultimate say, but with "Leave it to Beaver" there was little sense of the world past their own family. "The Andy Griffith Show" gave us a look into the 1960's by still having the male as the dominant figure, but allowing for a more widespread community that was incorporated towards the making of the show. Culturally we see that there is little to no representation of black people in the show and the "good ol' boy" image of the southern white male is reinforced through some of the characters. "All in the Family" gave us a look into some of what occurred during the 1970's.

During this time of the 1970's there were many events that had occurred in the world and in the USA. In the representation of Archie son in law we could see the hippie movement formed in protest against the Vietnam War that the United States, Vietnam, and other countries had been apart of. In Archie himself, we see an elderly, hardworking New Yorker who is accepted as a blatant racist. He often refers to minorities with slang or harsh comments, where some were made for laughs from the audience. So we can see here that the white American was the primary group being aimed at with the show. Since we were during the most significant rights movements for the African American race in USA, there had to be some form of representation. This came through the delivery boy,