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The Evolution of the American Dream: 100 Years (The New York Times Archives)

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100 years

The New York Times

America faces 1933's Realities By J J. Lankes

Economic cycles and social mentalities directly related

Each goes up and down in the same time frame

American dream changes as the economy shifts
January 26, 1969
January 1, 1933
May 13, 1951
August 9, 1959
October 17, 1974
March 7, 1965
December 2, 1979
June 24, 2001
May 21, 2005
Provide the MLA Citation for your article
June 23, 1996
The Evolution of the
American Dream:

"The Most Powerful Idea in the World", Chester Bowles
Owning your own land.
To live in a society where there is no class.
Dreamed to give all they could to help the country they loved by hard work and dedication to their talents.
The dream could be readily attained by anyone able and willing to do work.
To live in a racial free society.
A man's economic status was determined by his skill, but not by his family reputation.
Article 1:lankens, JJ. "America Faces 1933's Realities" The New York Times. January 1st, 1933
Article 2: Bowoles, Chester. "The Most Powerful Idea in the World." The New York Times. May 13, 1951.
Article 2:"Essence of America" The New York Times. August 9, 1959
Article 3: Baldwin, James; Buckley, William. New York Times, March 7, 1965
Article 4: Schapiro, Steve; Youth in Revolt.The New York Times; January 26, 1969
Article 5:
Article 6:
Article 7: Kennedy, Eugene. "The Looming 80's" The New York Times. December 2, 1979
Article 8:
Article 9:
Article 10:Dunleavy, MP. "You Really Can't be Too Rich." New York Times. May 21, 2005
Article 11:Seelye, Katharine Q. . "What Happens to the American Dream in a Recession?"
The New York Times
. May 8, 2009
May 11, 2009
Testing the Resonance of the American Dream
Testing the Resonance of the American Dream
By: Lena Williams
In the 1950's, owning a house with a white picket fence embodied the American Dream
There are many people who still see the United States, in spite of its social and economic problems, as the land of opportunity where dreams can come true
You Really Can't Be Too Rich
By MP Dunleavy
The American Dream, and the American Negro
Essence of America
Youth In Revolt
Our Towns; A Chance to live, and Then Describe , Her Own American Dream

The new york times
By: Purdy Matthew
June 24,2001
Pre-Election Mood: There's No Time for Dreams

James T. Wooten

October 17, 1974
Speaking on behalf of everyone, I would like to say I will never be satisfied with the amount of money I have, I will always want more no matter what!

In 2005 people did whatever they can with money, maxed out their credit card, took out loans, went as far as they can because the housing prices went up.
Baldwin, James; Buckley, William. New York Times, March 7, 1965
In the period of 1965, there were issues dealing with African Americans achieving their goals of the American Dream.
The Dewan's arrived in America seeking education for the children.
" The American Dream,you see, holds me in its grasp because I have been blessed to live my own version of it," said 18 year old Kazi.
Kazi had to wear a muslim dress to school everyday, but not in America.
" I braved the uncertainties of a complex, new environment," Kazi told the crowd.
Kazi Graduates with the class of 2001 and her classmates .
Kazi quoted the Rev. "whatever your American Dream may be," she said with passion.
"You do whatever it takes to get rich."

"The trouble comes not just from wanting to be rich, but feeling entitled to it."

"The rest of us are left holding our lottery tickets - and then going shopping."
James Baldwin and William Buckley are debating on the issue of equal treatment for blacks in America, and how that affects African Americans' ability to achieve their "American Dream."
"America is a nation of men and women who yearn "to breath free""
We hoped that when Premier Khrushchev comes to America for his visit, the sights of the automobiles and the supermarkets might change his mind and he will correct all of the mistakes and errors that he has made, and also radically alter the picture of out nation in his mind.
President Richard Nixon and Premier
Minister Khrushchev
Implies that the american dream is dead
American Dream definition...
a.)financial security, wealth
b.)possessing civil liberties
c.)recogntion / being "somebody"
James Baldwin believes that African Americans cannot achieve the goals because of the discrimination they face by the average white man.
By Eugene Kennedy
"I picked the cotton, I carried it to the market, I built the railroads under someone else's whip for nothing." -James Baldwin

In the text it says that the American Dream
is to own a large home with white picket fence.
The thing back then was to have whatever you want now and only put 10% down at the moment.

The turn of the decade brought new hopes coming from a decline economic prosperity. However, the bright future brought an even darker outcome.
"The 80's aren't out there. They lie within us and our present experience, and they will issue from us instead of happening to us."
"He should be addressing his own people, and urging them to take advantage of those opportunities which do exist." -William Buckley
"Work, study, get ahead-kill."
"it takes so much just to make it that there's no time time for dreams and no energy for making them come true-"
"The "no-fault" attitudes of the past decades, says the author, must yield to a new era in which Americans will rediscover "personal guilt" - the acceptance of individual responsibility, shaping and forcing meaning on our actions and recognizing our great dependence upon on another."
-The town of Bangladesh.
"Still it has been the Republicans presiding over the death of his dreams and seems inclined to vote democratic this year-"
-Everyday muslim dresses.
"A few of the police retaliated with clubs and fists. But there was no general skull cracking..."
"That dream has always meant more than the mere accumulation material goods"

"After a generation has burned its fingers in a crash it becomes cautious and looks at things realistically. Then, gradually, a new generation comes to front in business which has had no experience of panic and is wishful and optimistic, which loses touch with reality and follows dreams"
-Class of 2001
"... man not only had a right to speak his mind and to worship God in his own way but also to prosper in line with his ability, to rise to whatever heights he was capable, to develop his talents for farming, industry, or trade, to own land, to enjoy the benefits earned during his lifetime and to pass those benefits onto his children."
By Steve Schapiro
37th President
President Nixon and Premier
Minister Khrushchev meet
When President Nixon and Premier Minister Khrushchev met, and talk about the similarities and differences between the two countries.
"But at least let's try out best to give him some inkling of what democracy at work is really like."
Premier Minister Khrushchev
"... the right to secure good education and to participate in the life and progress of his community regardless of his race, creed or color."
What Happens to the American Dream in a Recession?
By: Katharine Q. , Seelye
"You want to hold on to your dream even more when times are hard."
"...Americans have always believed in possibilities."
"Freedom to live our own life."
Though many people were not financially stable, people could only hope the American Dream was still possible.
" Just financial stability."
People shifted their views of the definition of the American Dream. They believed the American Dream was no longer tied to material success, but being able to provide for your family.
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