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The American Dream
Transcript of The American Dream
The Economy of the 1920s
How Americans Perceived the American Dream
Taran, Vithuran, Girisan, Blank
What is the American Dream?
James Tuslow Adams has a definition in his book, The Epic of America...
The American Dream is "that dream of a land in which life should be better... with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement..."
-The Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/american-dream/students/thedream.html
No matter how poor you were born...
You still had the opportunity to become successful as long as you worked hard!
Yet not everybody could bask in this dream...
The typical Caucasian man had all the opportunities he could ask for, but this left little for women and visible minorities.
What affect does it have?
What are its flaws?
The U.S.A. has become the land of opportunity for many European hopefuls.
Start a new life!
Many immigrants came to this country, tired of the hierarchy exhibited in their old countries.
Only the richer families could afford upper-level education, such as college.
The American Dream is...
Opportunity for each according to achievement.
'The land of the free'
Point of view
US Declaration of Independance
The American Dream Today
First settlers wanted freedom of religion
Many natural resources were yet to be claimed
Early Americans headed west for Rockies around the 1800’s
Western Europeans later immigrated to America for a better life
More and more immigrants came to seek the American Dream
Kiger, Patrick, "How the American Dream works." HowStuffWorks. Web. July 6, 2013.
Some saw the American Dream as materialistic...