Spreading The American Dream By Emily Rosenberg: Chapter Analysis

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The first chapter of Spreading the American Dream by Emily Rosenberg focuses mainly on the American economic and cultural expansion of 1890 to 1945, with the help of liberal-developmentalism. Rosenberg opens up the chapter discussing the Columbian exposition in Chicago of 1893, and provides multiple examples of how it displayed America’s progressive advancements. The exhibitors of the exposition proudly displayed all the wonderful advancements the country had made so far, flaunting America’s faith. Some examples of the technological and scientific advancements included new types of machinery and transportation methods. Rosenberg also discusses the ideology of liberal-developmentalism and how it contributed to the progressive period in the …show more content…
She proved that with the invention of new technology, American lives were becoming more convenient. This time period shaped the way that we as Americans live today. We are so used to a certain level of convenience and without the economic and cultural expansion, this convenience would not have been discovered. I believe Rosenberg provided multiple examples of the inventions created to show how dependent we are on these inventions today. I do believe that although the Columbia Exposition displayed how advanced America was becoming, Rosenberg mentioned it to show it was also a way for the Americans to gloat and prove that they are more powerful than other countries. Rosenberg discusses how Americans flaunted their cheap mass production and technology, hoping these ideas would spread throughout the world. I can deduce from her writing that American wanted other countries to recognize their progression and new technology so these other countries would feel inferior to the United States. In this time period, the United States was striving to be stronger and more powerful than Europe and they accomplished that with the cultural and economic expansion from 1890 to 1945. This also goes to show that the Progressive era made our lives easier and more convenient with the help of new

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