Stepparents in America have experienced at best a grudging acceptance, and at worst a negative and suspicious reception throughout American history.
Overall, their role has been poorly defined by law, public policy, and social custom. Still, stepparents have always had an important role to play in raising children.
In early colonial times because of high mortality rates and more recently because of divorce, the common occurrence of remarriage has meant a substantial proportion of American children are raised in stepfamilies.
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