Homeward Bound by Elaine Tyler May

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Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Number Date Homeward Bound by Elaine Tyler May The aftermaths of the Cold War saw many people shift their attention from communism to capitalism. The period was graced with various political and foreign policies. While much efforts were focused on containment of foreign policies aimed at addressing communism and atomic proliferation, Elaine Tyler May in her book, “Homeward Bound: American Families in The Cold War Era” had another idea. Tyler May focused on domestic containment with the home being the main point of influence. This essay explores Tyler May’s opinions regarding domestic containment and how the foreign and political policies following the Cold War impacted the daily lives of Americans. All through her work, Tyler May attempts to answer the question why the Americans were so enthusiastic and committed to the institution of marriage and parenthood immediately after the culmination of the Cold War. Young adults did not have problems adapting to the traditional family roles. However, this was not the cause for the upcoming generations which can be attributed to the change in family dynamics. All this took place during a period at which foreign and political policies regarding the cold war were still afresh and engraved in the minds of the Americans. In the quest to shift attention from containment, Tyler May decided to explore domestic containment and how it affected the formation of families during the late 20th century. The move to object communism led to a myriad of changes regarding marriage, traditional beliefs and other crucial aspects of life. The definition of marriage changed and the role of

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