Making the American Dream Work

Making the American Dream Work

Author: Lauranett Lee

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1600374662

Category: History

Page: 272

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What can a small industrial city in Virginia named Hopewell tell us about its experiment in possibilities? Located at the intersection of the Appomattox and James Rivers, this wondrous place was poised to yield "the greatest hope ever." From America's founding years to the twenty-first century Hopewell's historic sights and the stories that citizens tell about their lives provide glimpses into an ever changing landscape that embodies all the American dream has come to symbolize.

Re-Making the American Dream

Re-Making the American Dream

Author: David Vaught

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781728323091

Category: Political Science

Page: 236

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What Happens? When the Values of Duty, Honor, Country clash at West Point with the religious teachings of the Liberty Baptist Church in Burnt Prairie . . . Join us on this journey in the Vietnam War era when the author was confronted by Colonel Al Haig, soon to join President Nixon’s White House and later to serve as President Reagan’s Secretary of State, . . . And Admiral Moorer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a federal courtroom. . . Waging a vigorous official defense of compulsory chapel, while the author stood up for freedom of religion under the First Amendment, Despite them all having sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States . . . In such a clash and its aftermath, the answer . . .

The American Dream and the Public Schools

The American Dream and the Public Schools

Author: Jennifer L. Hochschild

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199839681

Category: Education

Page: 320

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The American Dream and the Public Schools examines issues that have excited and divided Americans for years, including desegregation, school funding, testing, vouchers, bilingual education, and ability grouping. While these are all separate problems, much of the contention over them comes down to the same thing--an apparent conflict between policies designed to promote each student's ability to succeed and those designed to insure the good of all students or the nation as a whole. The authors show how policies to promote individual success too often benefit only those already privileged by race or class, and often conflict with policies that are intended to benefit everyone. They propose a framework that builds on our nation's rapidly changing population in order to help Americans get past acrimonious debates about schooling. Their goal is to make public education work better so that all children can succeed.

Making Education Work for the Poor

Making Education Work for the Poor

Author: Willliam Elliott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190621575

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Making Education Work for the Poor identifies wealth inequality as the gravest threat to the endangered American Dream. Though studies have clearly illustrated that education is the primary path to upward mobility, today, educational outcomes are more directly determined by wealth than innate ability and exerted effort. This accounting directly contradicts Americans' understanding of the promise the American Dream is supposed to offer: a level playing field and a path towards a more profitable future. In this book, the authors share their own stories of their journeys through the unequal U.S. education system. One started from relative privilege and had her way to prosperity paved and her individual efforts augmented by institutional and structural support. The other grew up in poverty and had to fight against currents to complete higher education, only to find his ability to profit from that degree compromised by student debt. To directly counter wealth inequality and make education the 'great equalizer' that Americans believe it to be, this book calls for a revolution in financial aid policy, from debt dependence to asset empowerment. The book examines the evidence base supporting Children's Savings Accounts, including CSAs' demonstrated potential to improve children's outcomes all along the 'opportunity pipeline': early education, school achievement, college access and completion, and post-college financial health. It then outlines a policy that builds on CSAs to incorporate a sizable, progressive wealth transfer. This new policy, Opportunity Investment Accounts, is framed as the cornerstone of the wealth-building agenda the nation needs in order to salvage the American Dream. Written by leading CSA researchers, the book includes overviews of the major children's savings legislation proposed in Congress and the key features of prominent CSA programs in operation around the country today, as well as new qualitative and quantitative CSA research. The book ultimately presents a critical development of the theories that, together, explain how universal, progressive, asset-based education financing could make education work equitably for all American children.

Chasing the American Dream

Chasing the American Dream

Author: Mark Robert Rank PhD

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199703302

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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The United States has been epitomized as a land of opportunity, where hard work and skill can bring personal success and economic well-being. The American Dream has captured the imagination of people from all walks of life, and to many, it represents the heart and soul of the country. But there is another, darker side to the bargain that America strikes with its people -- it is the price we pay for our individual pursuit of the American Dream. That price can be found in the economic hardship present in the lives of millions of Americans. In Chasing the American Dream, leading social scientists Mark Robert Rank, Thomas A. Hirschl, and Kirk A. Foster provide a new and innovative look into a curious dynamic -- the tension between the promise of economic opportunities and rewards and the amount of turmoil that Americans encounter in their quest for those rewards. The authors explore questions such as: -What percentage of Americans achieve affluence, and how much income mobility do we actually have? -Are most Americans able to own a home, and at what age? -How is it that nearly 80 percent of us will experience significant economic insecurity at some point between ages 25 and 60? -How can access to the American Dream be increased? Combining personal interviews with dozens of Americans and a longitudinal study covering 40 years of income data, the authors tell the story of the American Dream and reveal a number of surprises. The risk of economic vulnerability has increased substantially over the past four decades, and the American Dream is becoming harder to reach and harder to keep. Yet for most Americans, the Dream lies not in wealth, but in economic security, pursuing one's passions, and looking toward the future. Chasing the American Dream provides us with a new understanding into the dynamics that shape our fortunes and a deeper insight into the importance of the American Dream for the future of the country.

Working Hard for the American Dream

Working Hard for the American Dream

Author: Randi Storch

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118541579

Category: History

Page: 304

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Working Hard for the American Dream examines the variouseconomic, social, and political developments that shaped laborhistory in the United States from World War I until the presentday. Presents an overview of labor history that also considers womenworkers, ethnic America, and post-World War II workers Incorporates the most recent scholarship in labor history Takes the story of labor up to the present day in a readableand accessible manner

Restoring the American Dream

Restoring the American Dream

Author: Thomas A. Kochan

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262612166

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 269

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How to give working families the tools and opportunities to prosper in the new economy: a call to action for families, business, labor, and government. Many American families have not prospered in the new "knowledge economy." The layoffs, restructurings, and wage and benefit cuts that have followed the short-lived boom of the 1990s threaten our deeply held values of justice, fairness, family, and work. These values -- and not those superficial ones political pollsters ask about -- are the foundation of the American dream of good jobs, fair pay, and opportunities for all. In this call to action for families, business, labor, and government, Thomas Kochan outlines ways in which we can empower working families to earn a good living by doing satisfying work while still having time for family and community life. We cannot make the transition to a knowledge economy, writes Kochan, with a workforce that is stressed, frustrated, and insecure. Businesses need to rebuild relationships with their employees based on trust. And working families need to take control of their own destinies. First, we can take action that goes beyond the workplace buzzwords flexible and family friendly to design systems that support productive work and healthy family life. We can invest in better basic education and life-long learning, and we can work toward strategies for creating and sustaining good jobs with portable benefits. We need organizations that value investors of human capital -- their employees -- as highly as they do investors of financial capital, and we need a renewed labor movement to give workers a stronger voice. Kochan lays out an agenda for working families in the twenty-first century that calls for business, labor, government, and workers to come together to make the changes that will allow us all to benefit from the new economy. The solution to our problems, he points out, is too important to be left to "the market."

The American Dream and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

The American Dream and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

Author: J. Emmett Winn

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826428615

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 174

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While the myth of a classless America endures in the American Dream, the very stratification that it denies unfairly affects the majority of Americans. Studies show that it's difficult for working class people to achieve upward mobility in the US. This book shows that the American Dream's glorification in Hollywood cinema should not be ignored.

How to Achieve The American Dream

How to Achieve The American Dream

Author: Aldius Waite

Publisher: Aldius Waite

ISBN: 9781700627889

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 147

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As college graduates, we start out feeling very optimistic about our career goals, but as soon as we experience some troubles - coupled with the burnout from our routine life, we suddenly want to change direction, but stop ourselves short - fearing that we won't succeed, because after all, we never developed our true passions. We didn’t go to college to learn how we might use our passions to earn a living; instead, we went to college to learn about jobs that will help us to make the most money. But getting a job doesn’t mean that we’ll experience the life we dream about. Instead, we find ourselves stuck in the routine of that life. This makes us feel as if we’re climbing a mountain, but we won’t ever make it to the top. We suddenly realize that we have chosen the wrong career path. Having success is not about how much you earn; it’s about what you do for a living. It’s about being happy and having peace of mind. You must know how to apply your education to real life experiences. Mastering algebraic equations won’t make sense if you never apply it to real-life applications. Your education must help you get to where you want to go; it must enhance your blueprint for success. Academic education teaches us how to qualify for jobs, but it does not teach us how to create jobs, and it does not teach us how to become entrepreneurs. The right education is not academically-polite, because it has nothing to do with test scores and pedagogical ideas; unless one’s goal in life is to become a university professor or something similar. Our education begins when we learn who we are as individuals: what we like, what we don’t like, and what makes us feel free. We are not here to discover the world, but rather, we are in the world to discover ourselves. Whatever path we choose, it must lead to work that gives meaning to our lives.

Sowing the American Dream

Sowing the American Dream

Author: David Blanke

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 9780821413470

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 299

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From 1840 to 1900, midwestern Americans experienced firsthand the profound economic, cultural, and structural changes that transformed the nation from a premodern, agrarian state to one that was urban, industrial, and economically interdependent. Midwestern commercial farmers found themselves at the heart of these changes. Their actions and reactions led to the formation of a distinctive and particularly democratic consumer ethos, which is still being played out today. By focusing on the consumer behavior of midwestern farmers, Sowing the American Dream provides illustrative examples of how Americans came to terms with the economic and ideological changes that swirled around them. From the formation of the Grange to the advent of mail-order catalogs, the buying patterns of rural midwesterners set the stage for the coming century. Carefully documenting the rise and fall of the powerful purchasing cooperatives, David Blanke explains the shifting trends in collective consumerism, which ultimately resulted in a significant change in the way that midwestern consumers pursued their own regional identity, community, and independence.

Gambling with the Myth of the American Dream

Gambling with the Myth of the American Dream

Author: Aaron M. Duncan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317512462

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

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This book explores the rise and increased acceptance of gambling in America, particularly the growth of the game of poker, as a means for examining changes to the American Dream and the risk society. Poker both critiques and reinterprets the myth of the American Dream, putting greater emphasis on the importance of luck and risk management while deemphasizing the importance of honesty and hard work. Duncan discusses the history of gambling in America, changes to the rhetoric surrounding gambling, the depiction of poker in the Wild West as portrayed in film, its recent rise in popularity on television, its current place in post-modern America on the internet, and future implications.