While many see the Walton's as a family that represents conservative values they in fact exhibit very liberal attitudes when dealing with a variety of topics and issues, these include:

 

Alcoholism ('The Calling' s7-ep2; 'The Captive', s7-ep7)
Animal welfare ('The Calf", s1-ep3; 'The Hunt', s1-ep4; 'The Fawn', s2-ep8; 'The Last Mustang', s5-ep12)
Anti-German sentiment ('The Firestorm', s5-ep5; 'The Hiding Place', s5-ep22; 'The Rumor' s6-ep14; 'The Spirit', s8-ep12)
Conscientious objection ('The Conscience', s7-ep13)
Customs & traditions ('The Ceremony', s1-ep9; 'The Shivaree', s3-ep19; 'The Quilting', s4-ep21; 'The Hostage', s9-ep20)
Death ('The Gift', s2-ep18)
Domestic violence ('The Victims', s9-ep15)
Drug abuse ('The Obsession', s7-ep4)
Evolution ('The Fire', s1-ep16)
Illiteracy ('The Scholar', s1-ep21)
Mental Illness ('The Portrait', s7-ep6)
Physical disabilities ('The Foundling', s1-ep1; 'The Job', s3-ep11; 'The Obstacle' s7-ep14)
Racism ('The Festival', s6-ep16; 'The Illusion', s7-ep8; 'The Outrage', s9-ep1)

Rape ('The Violated', s8-ep8)
Religious persecution ('The Unthinkable', s8-ep14)

Teen Pregnancy ("The Odyssey", s2-ep2; "The Revelation", s6-ep21; 'The Pursuit', s9-ep6)




The show spanned more than 30 years of American history from 1933 to 1969. In doing so the writers never failed to immerse the characters and viewers on a bit of a histroy lesson. Events that affected the Walton family and most Americans during that time include:

 

  The Spanish-American War & The Battle of San Juan Hill ('The Fox', s4-ep17)
The Great Depression (Season 1 - 5)
The Spanish Civil War 1936 – 1939 ('The Collision', s4-ep24)
The Hindenburg disaster ('The Inferno', s5-ep19)
The abdication of King Edward the 8th ('The Abdication', s4-ep11)
Cherokee "Trail of Tears" 1836-'38 ('The Warrior', s6-ep4)
The death of President Roosevelt ('The Outrage', s9-ep1)
Pearl Harbor ('Day of Infamy', s7-ep10)
World War 2 (Season 7 - 9)
The assassination of President Kennedy ('A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion', Special #4)
The moon landing ('A Walton Easter', Special #6)

Learn more about some of the historical events addressed on the show.

Roosevelt's New Deal

 

The National Recovery Administration



 


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