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Achieve the American Dream

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"He stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way...trembling...[reaching] a single green light" (Fitzgerald 21).
“The actual founder of my line was my grandfather’s brother, who came here…and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on to-day” (Fitzgerald 3).
“He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it” (Fitzgerald 180).
The American Dream comes True!
Dream the Dream
Work for the Dream
What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger
Achieve the Modernizing American Dream
I conclude with some famous quotes...
Presented by: Arielle
"Middle-class families aspire to homeownership, a car, college education for their children, health and retirement security and occasional family vacations" (Meacham 1).
The modern American Dream:
The classical American Dream:
"The story of America was at heart the story of doing well, of conquering disease and going to the stars and defending freedom and creating wealth" (Meacham 1).
Historian James Truslow said The American Dream, “was of ‘a better, richer and happier life for all our citizens of every rank, which is the greatest contribution we have made to the thought and welfare of the world. That dream or hope has been present from the start’” (Zakaria, 1).
“I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pondered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams” (Fitzgerald 180).
“The pursuit of happiness is a phrase philosophically rooted in the thinking of the Scottish Enlightenment, but it was only in America that the notion moved from theory to broad-based reality” (Meacham 1).
- “If you were white and willing to work, you stood a chance of transcending the circumstances of your father and his father's father” (Meacham 1).
“Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry” (Fitzgerald 88).
"'He's the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919. They can’t get him, old sport. He’s a smart man’” (Fitzgerald 73).
“While white settlers built and dreamed, people of color were subjugated and exploited by a rising nation that prided itself on the expansion of liberty” (Meacham 1).
“So the old American dream died, but Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman reunited urban progressives with the American masses to recast the dream in a new form” (Mead 18).
“America needs to move from consumption to investment” (Zakaria, 1).
“To-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….And one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” (Fitzgerald 180).
"The colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to her, almost touching her” (Fitzgerald 93).
FDR’s Groton School rector, Endicott Peabody once said “‘Things in life will not always run smoothly. The great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever upward”’ (Meacham, 1).
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Music:
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes - Disney Circle of Stars
God Bless the U.S.A. - Jump 5
Thank You!
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