Defining the American Dream [Newscast] People are interviewed about their personal American Dreams and how they are still alive in the recession. Lets students see a variety of opinions on the subject and give them ideas on forming their own definition of the American Dream
The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity, and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.
It is no surprise that people have different definitions of the term “American Dream”. Statistics show that over the past two years, people of both genders, and all political affiliations, have lost faith in the American Dream. The Brookings Institute conducted the survey and attributed the drop in confidence most likely to the economic downturn. For the average person, the American Dream has become more expensive recently, in fact, almost out of reach.
For many generations & decades, the American dream had promised an egalitarian society and material prosperity. During the 1950's, however, The American Dream became a reality. Within reach, families were able to own a house on their own land, a car, a dog, and 2-3 kids. Postwar affluence redefined the American Dream: gone was the poverty born in the Great Depression and years of wartime sacrifice were over.