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The promise of America has always been creative potential: enterprise, industry, optimism, idealism, and hope. This promise, known since the beginning of the New World and named since the Great Depression as the “American Dream”, is what makes immigrants cry at the base of the Statue of Liberty. But there is a dark side to the American Dream, too—one that we don’t talk about much in polite company. A side characterized by the exploitation and domination of subjected people. The national climate has caused many to question the validity of the American Dream, and whether it even offers a viable vision for the nation. There are few greater questions to ask. Our collective future depends on a common vision. If the American Dream is dead, then what happens next? This book evaluates the American Dream, establishes its roots, gives reasons for its decline, and offers solutions to reclaim the promise of the American Dream that is more aligned with Jesus’ vision of the kingdom of God and Martin Luther King Jr’ s vision of the “Beloved Community”. Our challenge is to develop a redesigned American Dream, a sustainable future for all, free from exploitation and domination of subjected people.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Frank A. Thomas
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release: 2012-08-01
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781426756788

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The Politics of the American Dream analyzes the role of the 'American Dream' in contemporary American political culture. Utilizing analytic political theory, Ghosh creates a unique picture of Dream Politics, and shows the effect on the landscape of American politics.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: C. Ghosh
Publisher: Springer
Release: 2012-12-28
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781137289056

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Genre: Budget deficits
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Budget
Publisher:
Release: 1996
File: 60 Pages
ISBN-13: PSU:000025952377

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Genre: Discrimination in mortgage loans
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Publisher:
Release: 2010
File: 312 Pages
ISBN-13: PURD:32754081263232

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"Over a decade ago, the first edition of City Schools and the American Dream debuted just as reformers were gearing up to make sweeping changes in urban education. Despite their rhetoric and disruptive actions, urban schools continue to face many challenges. What went wrong, and is there hope for future change? More than a new edition, this "sequel" to the original has been completely re-written to include insights from new research, account for recent demographic trends, and discuss emerging political realities. While surveying the various limitations that urban schools face, the book also highlights the various programs, communities, and schools who are making good on public education's promise of equity"--

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Genre: Education
Author: Pedro A. Noguera
Publisher: Multicultural Education
Release: 2020
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9780807763865

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What will it take for urban schools to achieve the kind of academic performance required by new state and national educational standards? How can classroom teachers in city schools help to close the achievement gap? What can restore public confidence in public schools? Pedro Noguera argues that higher standards and more tests, by themselves, will not make low-income urban students any smarter and the schools they attend more successful without substantial investment in the communities in which they live. Drawing on extensive research performed in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond, Noguera demonstrates how school and student achievement is influenced by social forces such as demographic change, poverty, drug trafficking, violence, and social inequity. Readers get a detailed glimpse into the lives of teachers and students working "against the odds" to succeed. Noguera sends a strong message to those who would have urban schools “shape up or shut down”: invest in the future of these students and schools, and we can reach the kind of achievement and success that typify only more privileged communities. Public schools are the last best hope for many poor families living in cities across the nation. Noguera gives politicians, policymakers, and the public its own standard to achieve—provide the basic economic and social support so that teachers and students can get the job done! “In this engaging book, Pedro Noguera provides a compelling vision of the problems plaguing urban schools and how to address them. City Schools and the American Dream is replete with insights from a scholar and former activist who makes great use of both personal and professional experiences.” —William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

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Genre: Education
Author: Pedro Noguera
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Release: 2015-04-29
File: 189 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780807774007

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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Constance (Uni), course: American Literature and Culture, 10 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Since the end of the Second World War the United States of America has been the most powerful country in the world. American power has included cultural power. Writing or talking about America means invoking the American Dream, which remains a major element of the national identity. The American Dream encompasses the myth of America: a myth defined by another familiar phrase - the New World. In its origins, America was conceived of as a new world, a new beginning, a second chance. The contrast of course was with Europe - the Old World - characterized by tyranny, corruption, and social divisions. The American Constitution guaranteed all Americans "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." This is the heart of the American Dream. People believed that the American dream was, from the beginning, part and parcel of American history, culture and language, including the early colonial period. "America was born out of a dream." But the American Dream has come to mean at a popular level. It is to go to the West and become a millionaire. The American dream is conceived of in terms of success and of material success in particular: getting rich quick is what it is all about. But in its true sense it has never been limited to material success alone. So what do we actually understand under the term "American Dream" and what is the origin of this phrase? When did it first appear in the language? And how has the phrase itself evolved over time? Only during the time of political and cultural upheaval could the concept of the American Dream enter the national lexicon. The true origin of the phrase was first mentioned in 1931, by a middlebrow historian James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America. In this book, the phrase appears for the first time

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Author: Sandra Kochan
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Release: 2007-09
File: 28 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783638793926

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Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Stuttgart, 29 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: The main focus in my M.A. thesis is on "Tender Is The Night," "The Great Gatsby" and "This Side Of Paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. My goal is to point out in how far Fitzgerald depicts various aspects of the American Dream and its failure and decline in the above mentioned novels., abstract: 1. Introduction [...] I rather want to take it up here again, since it is the melting pot of all of Fitzgerald's work as an author. After that I will proceed with his first successful novel 'This Side Of Paradise', a piece of work that made him an instant success in the U.S.A. in the 1920s and that got him a lot of critical acclaim all over the nation. [...] What these three novels have in common is that on their outset, the protagonists seem to have a great future ahead of them or at least think they do. It is not before a certain point of the books that the readers realize that the characters' version and vision of the American Dream or of their lives and what they think it should be like, has to fail in the end. How do they want to achieve wealth and a better status in society has to be explored and explained. Another point will be, how their strife is conducted and why it finally has to fail and why they cannot succeed in what they do and what kinds of obstacles society puts in their way. I will take a close look at the protagonists' zeals and at their struggle to achieve what they want and at their failure to do so. The examination will mostly take place from a literary standpoint. Since this is a thesis in American literature, I will focus on how the respective piece of literature is made and not so much on the historical context. The latter one will only be used to make certain passages of the respective novel clear and lucid. The main spot is focussed on F. Scott Fitzgerald's construct

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Author: Tobias Bumm
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Release: 2007-11
File: 76 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783638866378

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Pre-University Paper from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies - Miscellaneous, grade: 2,0, Fachoberschule und Berufsoberschule Schwandorf, language: English, abstract: The original reason for choosing this topic in particular was in fact, the main idea of the American Dream, the movie primarily deals with. So, once more I was able to get in touch with the deep routed imagination and values which basically make up American society. One year ago, when I finished the Foreign Language School in Regensburg, I was really fascinated by having heard so much about, for example, lifestyle, religion and above all cultural details on the second largest continent of the world. Sometimes people think, living that unlimited American way of life would be the satisfaction of being on earth. At first glance, it might look like this, but it is not always true, especially if you have the chance to delve deeper inside and then you realize the United States of America is not just 50 sparkling stars on our planet, but the country is also a place where you have to fight for your life, for justice and acknowledgement. Before I start describing Forrest Gump and the way he sees everyone all around him, I have to say that I tried to highlight this work with a short interview with the actor Tom Hanks. Unfortunately, I noticed writing a letter to him which he would have had to answer, would have been too uncertain and furthermore it most probably would have taken too much time. Nevertheless, I did my very best to create a short interesting, expressive dissertation.

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Genre: Literary Collections
Author: Julia Schart
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Release: 2019-10-15
File: 19 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783346036230

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Negative media or mindsets suggest the American Dream is dead, but Craig Sewing believes that the moment you stop dreaming is the moment you're dead. We are living in one of the greatest eras to achieve. Your parents and grandparents used a handshake and close personal connections to succeed--not to mention ol' fashioned hard work. While the new ways of the internet and social media have shifted how business is done today, old strategies are still critical to bring a perfect wave of opportunity. In The American Dream 2.0, Craig Sewing shows you how to bring classic business values into today's fast-paced world. Through storytelling, Craig offers actionable advice, tools, and techniques for retaining traditional wisdom while utilizing today's technologies to their fullest. This nation will always be the Land of Opportunity, illustrated by the fact that millions want into it. With passion, dedication, and Craig's guidance, you too can achieve your American Dream.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Craig Sewing
Publisher:
Release: 2019-12-17
File: 296 Pages
ISBN-13: 1544507143

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