In the early 20th century, many of those living in America were immigrants from other lands. They had come to America in search of a better life. America was seen as the land of opportunity, a place to make your fortune and set down roots where your family could grow and prosper. Many people hoped for their own home, on their own land, with a meal on the table and a bed to sleep in, and perhaps even the luxury of a car. A famous quote from this time is: “A Chicken in Every Pot and a Car in Every Garage”. Click
Those who had come had the courage to start a new life and to seek opportunities wherever they could find them. Sometimes the dream became a reality, however for others, the dream became a nightmare of hard labour. Click
Some symbols of the American Dream are… (read off leaflet). Click through the three slides
The movie “The Pursuit of Happiness” starring Will Smith and his son is about a single dad trying to make a life for himself and his son. He is a salesman selling newly invented bone density scanners to doctors. He struggles to feed and educate his son, and we see that the American dream is not easy to achieve. At times they live in hostels and do not know where the next meal is coming from, but they never give up hope. And that is the American Dream, the continuous hope of a better life.