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The American Dream


Jade Jackson

on 17 February 2010

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Transcript of The American Dream

The American Dream First used in 1931 "The American Dream is "that 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. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position." Declaration of Independence "…held certain truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." Might this sentiment be considered the foundation of the American Dream? The frontier became symbolic of the can-do spirit, as well as of the limitless amount of space where a person could put that spirit to good use.
The "American Way" also grew from the freedom to act, and the notion that America was a place where everyone could be and do what they wanted, where they wanted, and how they wanted, was born. Unfortunately, this unbridled access to boundless resources and a self-serving attitude led to fierce competition, greed, and territorial consumption. Some say, that the American Dream has become the pursuit of material prosperity The Evolving Dream The Frontier After the Civil War, many from the East Coast and Europe were lured west by reports from relatives and by extensive advertising campaigns promising "the Best Prairie Lands", "Low Prices", "Large Discounts For Cash", and "Better Terms Than Ever!". The truth was that farming the plains was indeed more difficult than back east. Water management was more critical, lightning fires were more prevalent, the weather was more extreme, rainfall was less predictable The chief motivation for people to move west was to find a better economic life than the one they had. Farmers sought larger and more fertile areas; merchants and tradesman new customers and less competitive markets; laborers higher paying work and better conditions. Some say that the American Dream is beyond the grasp of the working poor who must work two jobs to insure their family’s survival. Yet others look toward a new American Dream with less focus on financial gain and more emphasis on living a simple, fulfilling life. more hours, more $
bigger cars
fancier homes
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