While families may universally experience conflicts among the generations present in those families, the type of conflict presented by Walker in "Everyday Use" could not be experienced by any family at any time in any place. The conflict between Dee and her family is bound by time, place, and culture, and both Dee and her family have based their values on their lived experiences and their perception of cultural norms. The story is set in the early 1970s, a time when older people still new the lingering effects of Reconstruction and the recent reality of Jim Crow laws. There was a push to dissociate from the white community and to embrace more traditional African values to reaffirm black culture. A large part of why Dee considers the quilts important is because she believes in this reaffirmation of culture and wishes to preserve the quilts as symbols of her family's heritage. Mama, however, is from an older generation, and she lives a different lifestyle from Dee, so her views on the family heirlooms differ in that she believes items ought to be used for their intended purpose. The conflict present in the story occurs because the characters have differing values, and families universally speaking do not all share the same values.