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The American Dream 01:050:210 Week 2 Reading Notes: Katharine Seelye, "What Happens to the American Dream in a Recession?," New York Times, May 8, 2009

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The American Dream 01:050:210 Week 2 Reading Notes: Katharine Seelye, "What Happens to the American Dream in a Recession?," New York Times, May 8, 2009 01:050:210

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The American Dream
Professor Louis Masur
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Date Created: 09/13/16
Q:​ What Happens to the American Dream in a Recession?      ● The New York Times and CBS News conducted a poll to see how many people  believe in the American dream and how many people actually reached it. "The  results seemed somewhat contradictory." (p. 1 par. 2)  ● 72% of Americans believe in the American Dream (p. 1 par. 3)  ● However, ​only 44% claim that they have actually reached it. (p. 1 par. 4)  ● "Mr. Glassner said, 'For the vast majority of Americans at every point in history,  the prospect of achieving the American dream has been slim but the promise has  been huge.'" (p. 2 par. 15)  ● Only 3% say that "the American dream does not exist or is only an illusion..." (p.  2 par. 19)      C:​ For a very large portion of the nation, the possibility of actually obtaining the American dream is  very unlikely, yet the belief and promise of reaching it is very great in the minds of Americans.   


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