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5 Questions With Family Studies: David Blankenhorn on Trustless America

Many readers are familiar with David Blankenhorn as a leader who burst onto the national stage in 1995 with his bestselling book, Fatherless America, and as the founder and president of Institute for American Values. For more than 20 years, Blankenhorn’s think tank produced scholarly reports on issues of civil society and especially marriage and family. Today, Blankenhorn is the president and co-founder of Braver Angels, the nation’s largest grassroots organization that addresses political polarization. He recently authored In Search of Braver Angels: Getting Along Together in Trouble Times, a collection of essays about whether the American experiment can survive our present polarization. Blankenhorn is a good friend and a colleague at Braver Angels, an organization I cofounded with him and Bill Doherty. But like many others, I first got to know him through his work on marriage, family, and fatherhood. In this interview, I ask Blankenhorn about his new book and how he sees the connections between his previous work and his current work.   Read More

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4 in 10 U.S. births to unmarried women.
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40% of America’s children live in a cohabiting household by age 12.
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