American Dream - The American Dream Ye assembled here are...

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The American Dream Ye assembled here are the product of this dream, the seeds fertilized from postwar conditions, the active carriers of the bland suburban, decadent consumerist, and environmentally unsustainable way of life. With the fall of communism, the ‘American Dream’ has become the de facto global model for the welfare state and consumer capitalism has become synonymous with the good life. This victory has brought it to the attention of new rivals and critics from the non-Western world. Alas the Last Days of Rome are upon us.
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Last Segment: We traced the emergence of the welfare ideal and its manifestation into two different forms in Europe; the Communist East (People’s Democracy) and Democratic West (Social Democracy). Social Democracy: A general term that describes the basic form of the postwar state in Western Europe based on representative government, the promotion of welfare policies to benefit the ordinary person, and the use of Keynesian principles to intervene in the economy. This concept is useful for distinguishing the Western European state model from that prevailing in Eastern Europe and North America.
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Today: We examine the consumer driven manifestation of the welfare ideal that emerged in North America, which I term the “American Dream,” but which might also be termed ‘consumer welfare’ in reference to the fact that rather than looking to the state, corporations and consumers were allowed to search out the good life in much more unregulated fashion.
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The American Dream (1946- 1970) I. Welfare in America II. Crucible for the American Dream: Levittown III. Documentary Excerpt: Wonderland IV. The American Dream and the World V. Summary: Consumer welfare?
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Reflection: What is your dream? When you think ahead to your future and having a happy life how do you envision yourself? What has made you happy?
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I. Welfare in America Hollywood had does an excellent job exploring the inner world of postwar America. Have you seen Mad Men or Revolutionary Road? What kind of society was this? Was this a welfare state? Revolutionary Road does an excellent job portraying the psychology of the postwar American family. The Leave it to Beaver idealizations did not conform with the vacuity and reality of the domestic, suburban lives Americans lived in places like Levittown. “How nice!” “Mad Men”
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A. Roots of the American Dream The most venerable root of the American dream was an inheritance one might excerpt from the inscription under the Statue of Liberty: give us your tired masses . Millions of poor immigrants came in ships staring up at the bright white lady, and even while stranded in the drab rain of Ellis Island, this dimension of the idea of America as a land of liberty never waned. But the appeal of “liberty” was not so much the precepts of Thomas Paine, but more its social and economic dimensions. As de Tocqueville remarked, unlike in Europe, the Americas were a place where one can advance according to one’s merits rather than the station of
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course HIS 1111 taught by Professor Steve during the Fall '11 term at University of Ottawa.

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