The collection of secondary sources is organized around the typical life cycle on such topics as family, children, work, and housing. Readings are arranged chronologically, with an alternate topical table of contents. The readings focus mainly on middle class American life, there is an emphasis throughout on urban life. The selections show the development of life styles, the changes in daily life patterns, and changes in attitudes over time in America. There is a general introduction to Parts One and Two in each volume.