Analysis Of The Declaration Of Independence, The American Dream

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Rooted in the Declaration of Independence, the American Dream was further generalized as “living a better life through hard work regardless of class and origin” in early-mid 20th century. For most white Americans in the years after World War Two, a better life means material abundance, social mobility upward, and perhaps advanced education for self and children. For those in poverty and minority, the dream would also include democracy and equality. While living standard can be generally improved by the rapid economic growth and the advancement of technology, civil rights and equality required much more effort to promote due to stubborn resistance within the nation. When many American citizens were approaching their goal of better material life, a series of unpredicted issues disturbed their dream, warned people of the part of the dream that had been suppressed or ignored, and led to movements that made achieving the American Dream rather unpredictable.
Emerging victorious and slightly damaged from WW II, the United States became the richest and the most powerful nation on the world at the close of the 1940s. The G.I. bill and the New Deal programs stimulated suburbanization and population growth; assembly lines made electronic devices and vehicles more affordable; the heating up Cold War kept general employment and incomes growing. Many white Americans moved into middle class as they benefited from all these changes. Minority groups, especially African Americans, could…

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