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The American Dream
Images of the AD
Martin Luther King, Civil Rights Movement
Native Americans, White Americans were "immigrants"
4th of July
Abraham Lincoln law against slavery
central concept in the way Americans see themselves->self-reliance,responsibility
religious movement in16th/17th century of English Protestantism->wanted to clean the chuch from Papism, read the Bible literally,shaped aspects of American cicil religion
popular nickname for the American government/people->employed during war in 1812, lost its negative connotation, bearded man in stars and stripes
located in NYC,was headquarter of US-immigration authority, 20 million immigrants entered here, is a museum today
belief that it is Americas mission to democratize the world, used to justify terretorial expansion as well as imperialism->USA as "global mediator" grew from this
4th of July
Decleration of independence was passed by Congress and adapted on July 4,1776, the celebration turned into popular spectacle and remains important holiday
religious term in the Old Testament, hope that Ameica was "promised land"
term which referred to the line of settlement-of civilization- moving westward->is related to Manifest Destiny, myth is still kept alive in American culture
The stars and stripes
name given to American flag->stars/stripes represent founding states,white for purity, red for endurance and bravery,blue for justice, 50 stars
common expression/metaphor to describe USA,individuals of all nations are melted into a new race(Afrikans and Native Americans were still excluded)
term became popular when gays, feminists and PoCs asked for equality, two competing conceps->assimilation and pluralism(more rights but also fragmentation)
Pros of the Amercian Dream
gives hope and will to live
euality of oppurtunities
social background doesnt matter=social mobility
is the ideal to encourage people
children will do better than parents
America and the pandemic
Donald Trumps politics and ignorance of the corona virus caused a lot of damage and the USA is suffering more than other countries on the effects of corona
Americans and others around the world lose faith and this is going to effect the upcoming election and future of America
world watches and loses faith in "superpower"
American system of government
Founding Fathers were themselves dreamers->believed that it was possible to run a country on the principles of personal liberty,self-governance and individual rights
Decleration of Independence 1776"all men are created equal"
US-constitution 1787->established government with 3 independent branches to prevent any branch of becoming too powerful
Bill of rights 1791->to ensure the individual rights and freedoms of Americans by limiting powers of government(e.g. establish new religion)(did not always apply for everyone), still discrimination
"What America means to me"
students in the USA are encouraged to enter essay competitions in which they write about what America means to them
thesis of a winning essay:People in America have rights only dreamed of by others, tremendous military strength, vast technology, high standard of living,diversity, freedom of religion/speech, democracy,justice system, first amedment of constitution
Man on the moon
Neil Armstrong was the Americnan first man on the moon-> Americans are really proud of this accomplishment, thus there ae still myths about it, just like people say that the American Dream is a myth too
Who are Trump voters?
mostly white-working class Americans (especially men)
becaus ehe talks about things that concern them, like bringing back jobs to people who are worried, immigrants are blamed
How much do US election campaigns cost?
Trump and Clinton: up to 250 million from donations, banks, raised by events
spend on baloons, race to the white house, advertising on TV, ads in newspapers
Germany in contrast is much more subtile and not that expensive
-repulicans and democrats -every 4 years -voters that are above 18 and Americans -swing states(florida) -1.primaies 2.election campaign -Congress anounces president
Super PAC´S: political action committees, can support political parties financially
the religious aspect of the American Dream
fundamentalism: believes in everything god says(word by word)
dangers: encourages distrust of science and logic: shows in high school students it basically leads to lack of education
Ronald Reagan:let us renew the compact, speaks about aspects of the AD, religion, settlers, founding fathers, pride, freedom,taking care of needy, values american spirit
Donald Trrump:presidental announcement speech: current situation of USA and ideas egarding leadership
Hillary Clinton:Nomination acceptance speech
The American Nightmare?
high quality shools are expensive, no health care
gives people false hopes
thousands who do not succeed go unnoticed
statistics show that americas social mobility is actually lower than europes
rich become richer, poor stay poor
ethnic minorities have a lower income
AD for whites only?
How the world sees America
complain aout not being loved by some people, but dont accept anything thats not american
America has great work oppurtunities, fim industy
amalgamation of every culture in the world
1st and 2nd amendment allow freedom of religion and speech but also make it easier to have access to guns
America is the country with the most school shootings
"to the security of free state" = no trust in government
more criminality, accidental deaths
Freedom of speech/Norman Rockwell
right that applies to every human
painting shows need of classless society