A Consumer Republic: A Dream Deferred By Langston Hughes

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A Consumers Republic talks about mass suburbia with readings about the social and economic status that came with living in the suburbs. The chapter also speaks of keeping people of a certain economic or social class together in the late 1950s, while making sure not to let others in who could disrupt the white suburbia. Two major cities, Atlanta, Georgia and Compton, Los Angeles, were cities that both experienced “ White Flight” and the effects following soon after. In the 1950s, Compton was a white middle class inner city, and almost thirty years later the city was over run by drugs and controlled by many dangerous gangs. The same could be said about Atlanta, where African Americans are still feeling the effects of whites moving to the suburbs. …show more content…
Each person wants his or her own version of the American Dream such as a family owning a house in the suburbs with kids or a successful single bachelor in a one bedroom apartment in Times Square. Dreams are a huge part of a persons life, without having dreams then there would be no sense of becoming better. In a Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes, he talks about what happens when a person has a dream and decides to put it off. Hughes gives his thoughts on where it might go, he says, “does it dry up like a raisin in the sun or fester like a sore and then run?—does it stink like rotten meat or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet.” What Hughes means when he says, “does it dry up like a raisin in the sun” is if a person keeps putting off a dream then it will continue to get smaller and smaller. A sore takes a while to heal, but Hughes says that if one ignores a dream then it will always be in the back of their mind and not go away. While different ethic groups have been pushed down the social and economic rungs of society, they still have the power to over come their life situations and acquire the American Dream. The American Dream is always changing and evolving dependent on people willing to pursue their own version. Dreams should not be ignored but instead be pursued even if that means years and years of trying to achieve

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