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Americans Dream: American Dream
Transcript of Americans Dream: American Dream
No Child Left Behind
Obama's Education Plan
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
, Mark Twain
History of Discrimination Push for Equal Opportunity
Slavery Reconstruction (1865-1877);
Unification of the Military (1948);
Love vs. Virginia (1967)
to achieve success-the acquisition of enough money to
comfortably finance living expenses
-for those who wish to improve their financial situations through
, by legal means.
in Education earned
in average income
3. Present but Decreasing Societal Prejudice
=Increase in feasibility from 1763
"Ghettoization" of minorities
Abolition+Immigration+"White Flight" = Ghettoization
The Issue Addressed:
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Other gains in equality:
Finance Living Expenses
Decreasing Gini (inequality), increasing income
WWII, post-war boom
Brown vs. Board of Education
post-war "cult of domesticity"
WWII vs. Cold War
by Upton Sinclair
Story ends in disillusion
Journey reveals Am. Dream's potency
Publicized successes glory in hard work
The Great Gatsby
by Scott Fitzgerald
Gatsby: Money = "Success"
Western frontier: independence
Golden Age of Capitalism: materialism
an equal, non-discriminatory 'playing field' for all who pursue the Dream
independently finance a comfortable lifestyle without overexertion or other detriments to quality of life
Jim Crow Laws & segregation
Prohibition & Progressivism
General increase in wealth
Economic boom: "Roaring 20s"
13 Million people unemployed
20,000 schools closed (mostly rural)
for the creation of the
Components that increase Feasibility
1. Higher degree of Education
2. Greater Income of Parents/Guardians
3. Minimal Societal Prejudice and/or Inequality
All were impacted
Separate but not equal
Formation of junior high schools
20% of 5 year olds enrolled in kindergarten
[1900-1919] half of students did not reach eighth grade
Universal White Male Suffrage
Progress towards equality
Increased community voice
The Lowell Mills
1815: 25% profit rates
Efficiency: Lowell company out-produces British after war of 1812
The Creation of the Middle Class
French and Indian War
Proclamation of 1763
Women's job to teach kids
Men trained for success, women trained to support men
The Emancipation Proclamation
Freed Southern but not Northern slaves
Ratification of 13th Amendment
the ease with which one can achieve the Dream
Women: mental stimulation = detriment... men made decisions for women
More work options for women: labor disputes
The Great Gatsby
FIRST HAND ACCOUNT
"Dreams are achievable, but opportunities are still going to be more and more limited as you descend the socioeconomic ladder."
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"Income and Prices 1900 - 1999." About the USA. Web. 14 June 2015.
"Last Hired, First Fired? Black-White Unemployment and the Business Cycle." Web. 8 June 2015.
"The Great Depression." History.com. A&E Television Networks. Web. 14 June 2015.
"Unequal Opportunity: Race and Education." The Brookings Institution. 1 Mar. 1998. Web. 6 June 2015.
Andrew Barnwell, Jackson Borek, Megan Lee, Brian Stern, and Vienna Weber