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Evolution of the American Dream.

Group 2: Keagan Heffner, Troy Knapp, Matt Kroeze, Katelyn Brouwer, Austin Dams.

Keagan Heffner

on 13 February 2013

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Transcript of Evolution of the American Dream.

The expansion over time of the Amercian Dream. The American Dream was evolved in the early 17th century. Men and Women were expected to live a way of life that was just given to them, but some weren't as fortunate as time evolved. The biggest area of change in the American dream is our expectations. Not only what we think we will get but what we have to put out to get it Evolution How The American Dream has changed over time:
The American Dream has existed since 1620's when the pilgrims came to America for a better life and opportunities. The American Dream has not altered too much though. The pilgrim's "American Dream" was initially to come to a place where they had the freedom of religion. although some people also came because they wanted to get out of poverty and become wealthy and own land. As the time has passed, people's perspective have changed , but not drastically. People's American Dream still consist of these things as well as more. Since the American Dream is viewed differently by many people it is fair to say it consists of different things like better educations, job opportunities, medical care etc. As time has gone by, one that rises above many is becoming wealthy. Now The American Dream is revolved around who has the finer things, like the nicest cars, biggest house, and things involving money. Our outlook about wealth and material possessions has changed, too. Roughly three-quarters of us say we have what we need, but last year, only 58% of respondents agreed with that assessment. Nearly two-thirds say it’s possible to achieve the American Dream without a college degree; 59% say it can be done without owning a home. An even larger percentage — 70% — say it’s within reach even if you’re not wealthy or don’t have kids, a stark contrast from traditional thinking, says Beth Hirshhorn, MetLife chief marketing officer. But there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. 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. The American dream in the 1930's
In the Great Depression, the American dream had become a nightmare. What was once the land of opportunity was now the land of desperation.
The best hope for a better life was California. Many Dust Bowl farmers packed their families into cars, tied their few possessions on the back, and sought work in the agricultural fields or cities of the West.
The American Dream was to be an independent land owner. The American Dream in the 1940's
The 1940s were dominated by World War ll.
European artists and intellectuals fled to the United States
The American Dream transformed into an ideal in which all the US people could achieve financial security whether you were a woman, immigrant, or even black. The American Dream in the 1950's
The end of World War ll brought thousands of young servicemen back to American to pick up their lives and start new families in new homes and new jobs.
Growth was everywhere. The baby boom was underway… giving growth to the American Dream. The American Dream in the 1960's
The sixties were the age of youth, as 70 million children from the post- war baby boom became teenagers and young adults. 1970's
Advances in civil rights led to an increase in influence of the women’s movement.
Throughout the 70s, equality between homosexuals, women, men and the rest of society is the American Dream. The American Dream in the 1980's
During this time American dreamed of being carefree, having fun, and make money. The American dream in the 1990
The American dream for the 90s was common to the dream of the 80s, but more well developed . The dream was to have money, power, and status. The American dream in the 2000's
Today the American Dream is simple, make money, get rich, buy a house, buy a car, raise a family, and live the life you dreamed of, without lifting a finger. This part of the dream focuses more on getting good jobs that provide a lot of money so people can get rich quick. The people also want to make money so they can keep their families in check due to the lack of the economy. How the American dream has evolved just from the 1930's up to the 2000's During the evolution of the American dream, Americans had different thoughts in their head about how they were achieving there dreams.

1. Civil War generation (1870's)
2. Gilded Age generation (1890's)
3. Gatsby generation (1920's)
4. New deal generation (1930's)
5. GI Bill generation (1940's)
6. Organization Man generation (Silents, 1950's)
7. Peace corps generation (Boomers, 1960's)
8. Deregulation generation (X, 1980's)
9. Net generation (Y, Late 1990's)
10. Next generation (Coming of age right now)
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