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The American Dream

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Destiny Eaton

on 12 November 2014

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Transcript of The American Dream

Modern Day
Future Career
Study at a University
New York in the 1920's
Time Square
1920's Music
Extravagant Living
New York Stock Exchange
Family Legacies
Important events were happening all over leading up to the 1920's.
1911: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught fire killing 146 women.
1912: The
1914: America's first traffic lights were installed.
November 11, 1918: Germany and the Allies agree to put a stop to the fighting in WWI.
January 1919: Congress ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment which bans the sale of alcohol in the U.S.

Precursor to the 1920's
Today's American Dream
My American Dream
Family Legacies
The American Dream
1920's Ladies Fashion
The American Dream originated from early days of the American settlement when poor immigrants came searching for opportunities and a new life. By the 1920s, this concept morphed into getting rich and doing what you want when you want it. People began spending their money on materialistic pleasures like cars, radios, movies, and roaring parties.
American Dream Lifestyle
"In the 1920s, a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and redefined the role of girls in society. She was giddy and took risks. She was a flapper."

Flapper girls are one of the most distinct reminder
of the 1920s.

Short skirts and dresses (generally exposing legs)
became very popular during
this time period.
The New Woman
Men were gaining confidence and began to invest in the stock market. Even though investments were a risky trade, it proved to be VERY successful! With the mood of the country exuberant, the stock market seemed an infallible investment in the future.

The stock market boom changed the way investors viewed the stock market. It was no longer a career for only the wealthy, but also a place that the average Joe could possibly strike rich. Interest in the stock market reached an all time high and stocks became the talk of every town. People were making millions of dollars fast!

Unfortunately, the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929
and led the United States into the Great Depression.

Popular Careers
The Roaring 20's
I have high hopes of graduating in the top 10 percent of our class and receiving scholarships to the college that best suites me.
I definitely want to aim for AT LEAST a masters in my desired field while also minoring in business.
I want to pursue a career in the medical field.
My major goal is to become an Endocrinologist at a children's hospital.
I like the idea of getting to work with people and patients to help them find a solution to their problems.
Also I feel like I would frequently get the chance to learn new things everyday.
1920's Music
I would like to get married and raise a loving, Christian family.
I want to live in a friendly neighborhood that is relatively close to my kids' school and my work.
My dream is to have a decent two-story home somewhere in the mountains.
Family and Future Home
Family has played a major part in my life. My immediate and extended families have both been there to lend a hand, give encouragement, make me laugh, and to share wisdom when I've needed it most. They have been SO supportive and loving!

I hope that as a walk the path set before me, I continue to uphold the importance of family and carry on the same love to my children. This is my ultimate "American Dream".
Destiny Eaton
The 1920s brought forth dramatic social and political changes in America. The radio was introduced, cars were being sold, people were becoming wealthy, and women finally received the right to vote. In addition to the huge economy boom, people moved to the more urban locations in America. People were living "roaring" lifestyles simply because they had the freedom to do so.
I hypothesized that the results of my interviews would reveal a difference of values between varying generations of people.

After receiving all of the answers to my questions, I realized that there is always room for improvement in our American Dreams and that there are always sacrifices that can be made in order to obtain them.
There are different takes on what the American Dream actually is. Traditionally, the American Dream is the "rags-to-riches" success story where you can be and do whatever your heart desires. Many people also relate it to the "white picket fence" lifestyle. I believe that the American Dream is a basis of ideas and goals that we set for ourselves in order to be successful in our eyes. In my opinion, American Dream shouldn't just be given to people, but worked for.

Here are some of the goals that I have set in my American Dream...
"The Sidewalks of New York" by The Shannon Quartet
Down in front of Casey's old brown wooden stoop
On a summer's evening we formed a merry group
Boys and girls together we would sing and waltz
While Tony played the organ on the sidewalks of New York

East Side, West Side, all around the town
The tots sang "ring-around-rosie," "London Bridge is falling down"
Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O'Rourke
Tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York

That's where Johnny Casey, little Jimmy Crowe
Jakey Krause, the baker, who always had the dough
Pretty Nellie Shannon with a dude as light as cork
She first picked up the waltz step on the sidewalks of New York

East Side, West Side, all around the town
The tots sang "ring-around-rosie," "London Bridge is falling down"
Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O'Rourke
Tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York

East Side, West Side, all around the town
The tots sang "ring-around-rosie," "London Bridge is falling down"
Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O'Rourke
Tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York
I believe that this song gives insight to what it was/what people wanted to believe it was like to be in New York during the 1920s. I feel like the song was used to lift peoples’ spirits regardless of what was going on in the time era and to bring forth a cheerful atmosphere.
"Button Up Your Overcoat" by Ruth Etting
Listen, big boy, Now that I’ve got you made,
Goodness, but I’m afraid,
Something’s going to happen to you;
Listen, big boy, You’ve got me hooked, and how,
I would die if I should lose you now!

Button up your overcoat, When the wind is free,
Take good care of yourself, You belong to me!

Oh, eat an apple every day, Get to bed by three,
Take good care of yourself, You belong to me!

Be careful crossing streets, ooh-ooh, Don’t eat meats, ooh-ooh,
Cut out sweets, ooh-ooh, You’ll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum!

Keep away from bootleg hooch When you’re on a spree,
Take good care of yourself, You belong to me!

Don’t step on hornet’s tails, ooh-ooh! Or on nails, ooh-ooh!
Or third rails, ooh-ooh! You’ll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum!

Oh, button up your overcoat, When the wind is free,
Take good care of yourself, You belong to me!

Oh, wear your flannel underwear, When you climb a tree,
Take good care of yourself, You belong to me!

Steer clear of frozen ponds, ooh-ooh, Peroxide blondes, ooh-ooh,
Stocks and bonds, ooh-ooh, You’ll get a pain, ruin your bankroll!

Keep the spoon out of your cup, When you’re drinking tea,
Take good care of yourself, You belong to me!

This song is about a lady who wants her lover to take care of himself so that they can be together. It would pain her to see him get hurt or sick for any reason so she gives him caution to many things. In the 1920s, women were still pretty dependent on men to provide for them. So not only would it pain her in an emotional sense, but in a physical as well. This song reminded me of Daisy’s feelings towards Tom and Jay; she would hate to see either one of them hurt and loved them both to death.
"Puttin' On the Ritz" by Fred Astaire
Have you seen the well-to-do, up and down Park Avenue
On that famous thoroughfare, with their noses in the air
High hats and Arrowed collars, white spats and lots of dollars
Spending every dime, for a wonderful time

If you're blue and you don't know where to go to
Why don't you go where fashion sits,
Puttin' on the ritz.

Different types who wear a daycoat, pants with stripes
And cut away coat, perfect fits,
Puttin' on the ritz.

Dressed up like a million dollar trouper
Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper (super duper)

Come let's mix where Rockefellers walk with sticks
Or umbrellas in their mitts
Puttin' on the Ritz

Tips his hat just like an english chappie
To a lady with a wealthy pappy (very snappy)

You'll declare it's simply topping to be there
And hear them swapping smart titbits
Puttin' on the ritz!

“Puttin’ on the ritz” is an old-American expression for dressing up fashionably. The "ritz" actually refers to the prominent Ritz hotel in London. This song is basically telling people to “fake it until you make it” in high class and social demeanor. I felt like this song related to Jay Gatsby and how he tried to fit into society despite his past social status.
Jazz gained popularity in America and was worldwide by the 1920s.
Nothing quite like it had ever happened before in America.
New exuberant dances were devised to take advantage of the upbeat tempo's of Jazz and Ragtime music.
Radios and records helped spread the music's popularity.
In its early years jazz was considered the devils music by diverse segments of the American public.
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