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The American Dream
Transcript of The American Dream
The Epic of America
= 1st use of "American Dream"
"Dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement."
Changes in the Dream
Modern American Dream = Pursuit of material prosperity
People work more hours, get bigger houses, buy more expensive cars, but have less time to enjoy their prosperity.
American Dream is beyond the working poor who must work 2 jobs to ensure their family's survival.
What Has Not Changed About The American Dream . . . yet?
Look forward to a NEW American Dream.
Less focus on financial gain
More focus on living a simple, fulfilling life
In other words . . .
The ability, opportunity, or right to pursue YOUR happiness.
A chance to start fresh and progress toward a BETTER future.
A GOAL/DESIRE that differs from person to person.
The American Dream is no longer about just being happy, instead . . .