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American Dream by Mind Map: American Dream
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American Dream

Anything's Possible!

Work hard, dream big, and the world's your oyster.

Your background is no obstacle.

Everyone can make it, not just an elite few.

Roaring Twenties . . .

Opportunity and optimism abound!

Stock soared to an all-time high--the economy seemed endless and powerful.

Everyone lived the high life, with parties, gaudy fashion (except the flappers; I am rather fond of the flappers), jazz, and a touch of decadence.

In a Particularly impressive reversal of fortune, the Harlem Renaissance signaled artistic and social awakening of a radically talented yet repressed people group.

. . . Meet the Thirties

Dejection is the name of the game

The stock market crashes

The Great Depression reduces once-wealthy people to scraping out a weary existence.

End of the Road . . . ?

Massive unemployment

Rising debt

Disconcerting downturn in market

The dollar is falling against the other currencies of the world

All is Not Lost

Alternate economies are taking off

People are beginning to care about living well, not living large

New opportunities for outside-the-box education

Industrious Protestants

Famous work-ethic

Foundation of faith and responsibility

A premium on higher education

My American Dream

I want to achieve significance, not 'success'

I want to make a difference in my city

I want to support my family

I want to leave both a practical and a spiritual legacy for the youth of tomorrow

. . . And so we come full circle! Back to hard work, a foundation of faith, and dreams of leaving a legacy

Post-War Boom

The rise of the suburb

The G.I. Bill brings college education within reach