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Living the American Dream from Martin Luther King to Barack Obama
Transcript of Living the American Dream from Martin Luther King to Barack Obama
the "Jim Crow" laws in the Southern States of the US (since 1884):
"segregation" for African-Americans
murder of Emmett Till (August 1955)
Rosa Parks got arrested for her bus protest (December 1955)
•November 4, 2008: election as the first black president of the United States
•January 20, 2009: inauguration of Barack Obama
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
Living the American Dream
an example for segregation
the Civil Rights Act
the American Dream:
Discrimination is still a fact
in America's society
With a strong will & hard work anybody can go "from rags to riches" - this is the "American spirit".
based on the "inalienable rights" of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" cf the Declaration of Independence (1776)
Dream of a classless society
A dream of racial equality!
beginning of the Civil Rights movement
36.3 mio African-Americans in the USA
(12 % of the entire population):
66 % are middle class
33% are living in the slums of the big cities
43% graduate with a college education
25% of inmates held in custody are
a high standard of living
absolute individual freedom
(e.g. in religion)
fulfillment of one's potential
equality and equal protection
map of the states where the Civil Rights movement took place
Characteristics of the American Dream
The impact of the American Dream on
1) the Civil Rights Movement
2) the presidency of Barack Obama
the American Dream today
the Diary of Anne Frank//1959
Armes Amerika – Arme Welt (ein Pamphlet) from Erwin Chargaff// published 1994
Words in Context//3. Auflage 2010:
Freedom Writers (from the Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell)// published 1999
An Audacity of hope - Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama// 2006
Rosa Parks and her protest for Civil Rights// 2002
Martin Luther King Jr: "I have a dream" //28 August 1963
Barack Obama: "Reclaiming the American Dream"// 7 november 2007 in Iowa
Barack Obama: Inaugural address // 20 January 2009
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: (by Amnesty International)
Secret of my Success// 1987
from Martin Luther King Jr.
to Barack Obama
“Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty,
we are free at last!”
there are challenges are to face:
the health-care system
the battle against terrorism
Values of the American Dream
The American Dream today
“We must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off,
and begin again the work of remaking America.
The world has changed,
and we must change with it.”
by Jeremy Deveraturda
Can we "reclaim" the American Dream?
reflection of the values of the American
Dream in the Civil Rights movement:
standing up for
leader of the Civil Rights Movement
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
causes of the Civil Rights Movement
March on Washington:
The reverend Martin Luther King Jr. addresses 300.000 participants with his famous speech "I have a dream"
(28 August 1963)
The impact of the American Dream on the
presidency of Barack Obama
The impact of the American Dream
on the Civil Rights movement:
the Voting Rights Act
a raise of public anger
in the black population
from the book
"I've lost many friends, friends
who have died in an undeclared war. "
How would that make you feel?
Does it apply to everyone?
influences of the American Dream all over the world
the American way of life is present
They want their piece of the
Americans think of their form of government
as the best one
envy & hatred by the other countries
the American Dream has become a nightmare for many Americans since the economic crisis in 2008 - Americans have lived beyond their means:
the gap between the rich and the poor
widens in America