MAJOR ELEMENTS of the American Dream - promise of a better, fuller and richer life for everyone -promise to be recohnized by others for what you are regardless of birth or position - promise of freedom, life, liberty and the pursuite of happiness - opportunity for each according to his abilities there are material gains, professional success and personal success Definition: Anybody in America, regardless of their circumstances of birth or their place in society can archive success, happiness and prosperity as long as they work hard. It is a recognition of the unique combination of freedom & opportunity. Common definition by James Truslow Adams: Each man and each woman shall be able to archived the things they want, regardless of the circumstances of birth or position as well as the opportunity to grow to fullest development. - promise of freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 1776: Declaration of Independence all men are created equally → founding fathers guaranted equality Life, liberty and the pursuite of happiness Cold War 1860: settlers moving west in search of their own piece of land AMERICAN DREAM A M E RIC AD HISTORY 30 000 years ago: immigration of the Natives 1492: Columbus discovered America 17th century: establishment of the British colonies (Jamestown) 1622: Jamestown massacre → Natives killing British settlers 1750: French-Indian-war →widening the British colonies 1763: organization of the American Empire 1765: begin...
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of taxation 1753: Boston tea party 1775: American Revolution 1776: Declaration of Independence (4th July) 1803: Louisiana Purchase → expanding to west 1861: American civil war (North (Union) vs. South (confederates)) 1865: conflict about slavery: abolishment of slavery through Lincoln 1898: American-Spanish war 1929: Great Depression 1941: Attack in Pearl Harbour 1944: D-day, defeating Germany in France 1949: NATO created HISTORY OF THE 1955-75: Vietnam war, African American fight for equal rights 1990: Iraq war 2001: 9/11 →→ terrorostic attack on the world Trade Centre Today: Trump AMERICAN DREAM 19th century: Manifest Destiny: Americans as role models for the world, it did their duty to enlighten and improve other society 19th Century II: immigration wave: immigrants believing in American as the land of opportunities Freedom - first thing many immigrants saw when they came by ship to NYC, was the Statue of Liberty - the statue was given to the USA as a gift from France → to celebrate Americas independence from Britain - symbolizes enlightenment, independence, liberty and freedom - is located on Ellis Island → the place where most immigrants first set for on American soil THERE IS NO SINGLE DEFINITION, AS IT VERIES FOR EACH AND EVERY AMERICAN! After WW2: want to settle down, have a Family after fighting for their country nowadays: pursuit of material prosperity: Americans want a house, a car...