AMERICAN DREAM

MindMap American Dream ( Englisch LK, 2021)

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AMERICAN DREAM by Mind Map: AMERICAN DREAM

1. The right to keep and bear arms

2. America‘s mission to democratise the world - „Nation of Future“ (1839)

3. The Mobility Myth - becoming increasingly difficult to move up a class

3.1. "from rags to riches"

4. THE PURITANS

4.1. THE NEW CANAAN

4.1.1. "land of milk and honey"

4.1.2. Refers to the promised land of Jewish tradition

4.2. decided to leave England

4.3. September 1620: left England on the Mayflower, arrived at Plymouth Bay

4.4. Cleansing the Church of England from the remaining influence of Roman-Catholic Papism

4.5. Split up: Presbyterians and Congregationals

4.6. America as the promised land - their New Canaan

5. Equality

5.1. Bill of Rights (Constitution 1791) - freedom of religion and speech, equal rights and opportunities

5.1.1. Regardless of class and background

5.2. Cornerstones of American society

5.3. Struggle for equality

5.3.1. Abolition of slavery 1865- Civil War

5.3.2. Civil Rights Movement 1960s - goal: equal rights for the freed slaves

5.3.2.1. Segregation

5.3.3. American Women fighting for their rights - not gaining to vote until 1920

5.3.4. Minorities: Native Americans, gays and lesbians

6. THE USA

6.1. The American Dream

6.1.1. James Truslow Adams 1931

6.1.1.1. Formulates the American Dream

6.2. Uncle Sam - nickname for the government, depicted in order to recruit volunteers during WW 1 & 2

6.3. immigrants want to find a better life

6.4. Country of unlimited opportunities

6.4.1. possibility to make dreams come true

7. FREEDOM

7.1. STATUE OF LIBERTY

7.1.1. gift from France 1886

7.1.2. Symbol for

7.1.2.1. independence

7.1.2.2. liberty

7.1.3. Upper New York Bay

7.1.4. tablet in left hand

7.2. enlightenment

7.2.1. ELLIS ISLAND

7.2.1.1. immigrants arrived there

7.2.1.2. federal Immigration Station 1892-1954

8. MANIFEST DESTINY

8.1. John L. O'Sullivan

8.2. America: superior to all other countries

8.3. patriotism rootet in "Manifest Destiny" concept

9. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

9.1. 1776 by Thomas Jefferson

9.2. everybody created equal

9.3. individual rights

9.3.1. unalienable rights

9.3.1.1. liberty

10. AMERICAN CONSTITUTION

10.1. written in 1787

10.2. Federal republic in form of a presidential system

10.2.1. Political and legal system of the USA

11. AMERICAN DREAM TODAY

11.1. multicultural society

11.2. salad bowl

11.2.1. Immigrants bring their cultures to America, keep them, and make America what it is today, a colorful mix of many different cultures.

11.3. melting pot

11.3.1. Original cultures lose their identity and all the people of the American population have merged into a new race (melted into one new race).

11.4. an illusion

11.4.1. Has now the lowest mobility rate of social motility of any of the rich countries in the world

11.5. American Nightmares

11.5.1. Vietnam War

11.5.1.1. From 1955- 1975

11.5.1.2. Reason: Vietnam split into north and south

11.6. Black Thursday

11.6.1. The stock price plummeted

12. Idea of the frontier

12.1. Groping land from Native Americans

12.1.1. Killing 70.000

12.1.2. Building railways from East to West

12.2. „It was God will“ - Manifest Destiny

13. Gun Culture

13.1. Second Amendment

13.2. NRA

13.2.1. Organization in which you train the handling of a weapon and carry out sport shooting