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Liza Kuznetsova

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Transcript of 1920's


The Era of the Flower Child
(The 1960's)
World War II
war is distraction from dream
however, recovery of economy raises hopes for better future, and victory in war bolsters American confidence
after the war, equal participation in battle and business changes perspectives on equality
The Roaring 20's
in rebellion against previous "set" ideals (i.e. flappers)
belief in human potential and power
rise in value of material wealth
By Liza Kuznetsova and Janny Zhang
The Evolution of the
How has the focus of the American dream changed in the last century?

greatest economic downturn America had ever seen
devastation for those who lost all their savings from the Roaring 20's
(The 21st Century)
(The 1920's)
The Great Depression
Changing the Dream:
Adding to the Dream:
Adding to the Dream:
"In the Great Depression, the American dream had become a nightmare.
What was once the land of opportunity was now the land of desperation
.... [and] American people were questioning all the maxims on which they had based their lives - democracy, capitalism, individualism" (Sutton).
getting rich
obtaining financial stability at all costs
(The 1940's)
Adding to the Dream:
freedom and democracy
"wanting to get as rich as they could"
(The American Dream).
Works Cited
"The American Dream:." The Great Gatsby. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.

Cornwell, Rupert. "9/11 Lost Decade: The American Dream, and the Missing Years." The Independent. Independent Digital News and Media, 11 Sept. 2011. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.

Goodwin, Sue. "1940-1949." American Cultural History. Lone Star College-Kingwood Library, 1999. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.

Goodwin, Susan and Becky Bradley . "1960-1969." American Cultural History. Lone Star College-Kingwood Library, 1999. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.

"The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald." : Chapter 9. Adelaide.edu, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.

Sutton, Bettye. "1930-1939." American Cultural History. Lone Star College-Kingwood Library, 1999. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.

Snyder, Michael. "10 Years After 9/11, Is America A Better Place?" The American Dream. N.p., 5 Sept. 2011. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.
"The dream home remained a
Cape Cod"
(Goodwin, Sue).
[No] longer would blacks accept lesser status
. The GI Bill allowed more men than ever before to get a college education. Women had to give up their jobs to the returning men, but
they had tasted independence
" (Goodwin, Sue).
financial stability
equal opportunity and treatment amongst fellow people
"The terror attacks of 2001 ushered in a decade of wars that shattered Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving the world's only superpower robbed of its confidence and stripped of its illusions" (Cornwell).
people supported movements for peace and equality
ex: the fight for equal rights, especially for African-Americans and women
the Vietnam War sparked many famous anti-war protests
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther" (Fitzgerald)
Society moved "away from the conservative fifties...and eventually resulted in
revolutionary ways of thinking
and real change in the cultural fabric of American life. No longer content to be images of the generation ahead of them,
young people wanted change
. The changes affected education, values, lifestyles, laws... entertainment" and equality (Goodwin, Susan).
equal rights and treatment
peace and equality in American society and action
(The 1930's)
the terrors and battles triggered by 09/11 threatens the American people and their illusions of safety
the continued popularity of Hollywood promotes materialism even as viewers scorn it for its selfish, destructive nature
the Internet allows for news of international atrocities to reach sympathetic "netizens"
charities abound all over the nation
skipping forward a few decades of
rapid change and innovation...
Adding to the Dream:
peace and equality in U.S. society
peace and safety for the world
Change in Focus
freedom and democracy
monetary wealth
financial security
national policy of peace
international peace and safety
national equality of treatment
of the American Dream
simply, it now includes the world.
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