More Children of all Races Born out of Wedlock

Increasingly, children are born to single mothers. A 1965 study by social scientist and later Democrat Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan called attention to the rising non-marital birth rates among blacks, but today more women of all races have children out of wedlock. According to nationally known scholar Charles Murray, white non-marital birth rates have skyrocketed since 1960. In Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, Murray offers historical perspective; here’s one chart worth pondering:


white nonmarital birth ratio from 1917 to 2008

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