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American Dream Project

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Shiloh Musser

on 14 March 2016

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Transcript of American Dream Project

American Dream
American Dream - 1920's
Comparison between the American Dream in the 1920’s and today

Not much is different between the American dream in the 1920’s and today. Americans still want luxuries and wealth, comfort and to be free of worries. We want to be on top, and still believe the way to get to the top is to work hard.

American Dream today
What is the American Dream?

“Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." -James Truslow Adams, The Epic of America (1931)
American Dream Project
Sawyer Gardner, Shiloh Musser, Thien Phung
2/29/16 PD3

The American Dream is the idea of freedom consisting of unlimited opportunity to attain prosperity, success, and social advancement.

From Google:
A-mer-i-can dream
the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.
“He could achieve the American dream only by hard work.”

A nice car
A house...
for the parties
Lots of wealth
Notable Survey Responses

“We seem to be in the middle of a zeitgeist transition, so the shape of the american dream is shifting”

“Many confuse the items of success (owning a house, a car, living in the suburbs, having a boat, etc.) with what the American Dream actually is. They feel the American Dream means that each and every person should have everything material they desire if they just work hard enough, ignoring scarcity.”
“It is mainly about the potential for social mobility. With skill, hard work, and no small amount of luck, one should be able to change their class and achieve success(as defined by them). It is not a guarantee that you will be rich, nor a guarantee to a certain lifestyle. ideally, the barriers to success should be your own ability or misfortune, not institutional barriers like class divides.”
“The American Dream is that everyone has a *chance* to make a difference, not a guarantee. It's called a Dream because it is just that, an illusory hope of a better tomorrow.”
“People seem to believe that literally anyone can "make it" if they just work hard, not realizing that for every hard work success story there are a dozen trust fund babies and untold numbers of people who work hard only to never be rewarded for their efforts.”

“I think by that definition the dream is arguably alive and well. It's just that people believe that the "fullest stature of which they are innately capable" of isn't necessarily realistic.”
“Right, nearly everyone misunderstands and misrepresents "The American Dream" to be "everyone achieves material wealth," but since the OP so nicely provided which interpretation they were talking about, and it isn't the most popularly understood one, my point stands that even when provided a direct quote, everyone still defaults to American Dream = Riches for All.”
Works Cited
Adams, James Truslow. The Epic of America. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1931.
half show of deceased historian, James Truslow Adams. Digital Image. Wikipedia. Wikipedia Web. 29 February 2016
"Open Durham." Open Durham. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2016.
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"World’s Fastest Car." SUV And Security. N.p., 26 Nov. 2015. Web. 01 Mar. 2016.
Sinatra, Frank. New York, New York. Frank Sinatra. Reprise, 1983. CD.

MKTO. American Dream. MKTO. 2014. MP3.
Frank Sinatra - “New York, New York” (1979)
Sinatra, Frank. New York, New York. Frank Sinatra. Reprise, 1983. CD.

MKTO - “American Dream” (2014)
MKTO. American Dream. MKTO. 2014. MP3.
A sleek hi-tech car
A huge house
An abundance of wealth
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