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Americans Dream: American Dream

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Transcript of Americans Dream: American Dream

Elementary and Secondary Education Act 1965
No Child Left Behind
Standardized Tests
Obama's Education Plan


Contradictory Evidence:
International Scores


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
, Mark Twain

In History
History of Discrimination Push for Equal Opportunity

Slavery Reconstruction (1865-1877);
Unification of the Military (1948);
Love vs. Virginia (1967)



Dream
Income
Education
Present
Definition
The
equal opportunity
to achieve success-the acquisition of enough money to
comfortably finance living expenses
-for those who wish to improve their financial situations through
persistence
, by legal means.
Conclusion

1. Increase
in Education earned
2. Increase
in average income
3. Present but Decreasing Societal Prejudice

=Increase in feasibility from 1763


Cultural Views
"Ghettoization" of minorities
Abolition+Immigration+"White Flight" = Ghettoization
The Issue Addressed:
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Affirmative Action

Other gains in equality:
LGBT Rights
Marriage Equality
Caitlyn Jenner


Persistence
Equal Opportunity
Finance Living Expenses
Decreasing Gini (inequality), increasing income
WWII, post-war boom
Minorities
Brown vs. Board of Education
Women
post-war "cult of domesticity"

Cultural Views
Income
WWII vs. Cold War
Graduation/enrollment chart

1900-1929
The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair
Story ends in disillusion
Journey reveals Am. Dream's potency
In History
Publicized successes glory in hard work
Andrew Carnegie
"Manifest Destiny"
The Great Gatsby
by Scott Fitzgerald
Gatsby: Money = "Success"

In History
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
Education
Income
Cultural Views
Jim Crow Laws & segregation
The Jungle
Prohibition & Progressivism
Education
General increase in wealth
Economic boom: "Roaring 20s"
1960-2015
1940-1959
1930-1939
1800-1899
1763-1812
1763
Education
Income/Economy
Cultural Views
Unemployment: 25%
13 Million people unemployed
School cuts
20,000 schools closed (mostly rural)
Feasibility
The "Set-Up"
for the creation of the
American Dream
1812
1776

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
1763
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
British Animosity
French and Indian War
Taxes
Proclamation of 1763
American Identity
Women's job to teach kids
Men trained for success, women trained to support men
Laissez-Faire Economy
Individualism
The Emancipation Proclamation
Freed Southern but not Northern slaves
Ratification of 13th Amendment
Independence
Self-reliance
Cultural Views
Income
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

Education
The Great Gatsby
Sources
FIRST HAND ACCOUNT
"Dreams are achievable, but opportunities are still going to be more and more limited as you descend the socioeconomic ladder."

~Jon Coons
"American Community Survey Data on Educational Attainment." United States Census Bureau. Web. 5 June 2015.

"A SHORT HISTORY OF UNITED STATES’ EDUCATION 1900 to 2006." Web. 14 June 2015.

"Comparing the Generations." Pew Research Center RSS. 17 Mar. 2015. Web.

Faragher, John Mack. Out of Many: A History of the American People. AP Ed., 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007. Print.

"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
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