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The American Dream

The American Dream

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The American Dream

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  1. The American Dream US set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work. The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the US declaration of Independence  which proclaims that “all men are created equal " and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.

  2. For many immigrants, the statue of liberty  was their first view of the United States, signifying new opportunities in life. The statue is an iconic symbol of the American Dream.

  3. Franklin Delano Roosevelt(1941) The American dream is … • …the myth of the self-made man who can go from ‘rags to riches’, • … the belief that equal opportunity should be offered to all people, • … the belief in the four essential freedoms.

  4. The Four Freedoms (1943 posters by Norman Rockwell) this theme became part of the charter of the United Nations

  5. Freedomofspeech

  6. Freedom from fear

  7. Freedom of worship

  8. Freedom from want

  9. Differentviewsofthe American Dream

  10. Walt Whitman, the bardof America (1819-1892)LeavesofGrass(1855) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snICjHsrzfc I Hear America Singing

  11. The film version of the famous 1957 musical  an American musical with a libretto  by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet The story is set in the  Upper West Side neighborhood in  New York City  in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. London , July 2014: Royal Albert Hall => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhSKk-cvblc

  12. Langston Hughes (1902-1967) American poet, social activist, novelist, playwritght and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue" which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue".  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrqeywXhKfY Let America Be America Again, 1935

  13. This Land Is Your Landwords and music by Woody Guthrie • One of the most famous American folk songs. • Bruce Springsteen released a live version of it on Live/1975-85 and called it 'one of the most beautiful songs ever written'. • It was written in 1940 by Woody Guthrie in response to Irving Berlin God Bless America, which he considered unrealistic and complacent. Guthrie himself varied the lyrics over time. • This is the version of the song that Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Opening Celebration (January 18, 2009). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5KnYADCSms