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The American Dream 01:050:210 Week 2 Reading Notes: Adele Peters, "The American Dream is Dead, Here is Where it Went,"

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The American Dream 01:050:210 Week 2 Reading Notes: Adele Peters, "The American Dream is Dead, Here is Where it Went," 01:050:210

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The American Dream
Professor Louis Masur
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jere Xu on Tuesday September 13, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 01:050:210 at Rutgers University taught by Professor Louis Masur in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see The American Dream in American Studies at Rutgers University.

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Date Created: 09/13/16
Q: ​ What happened to the American dream?    ● "The Declaration of Independence may promise us all the pursuit of happiness,  but if you're born poor, you're probably going to stay poor." (p. 1 par. 3)  ● It is still not entirely certain why the U.S. is less mobile. (p. 2 par. 1)  ● "'This showed that not only is inequality high in the U.S., but mobility is relatively  low.'" (p. 2 par. 6)  ● There are three main factors in the U.S.'s lack of mobility: "an unequal start in  life, unequal salaries, and fewer progressive policies" (p. 3 par. 2)  ● In order for America to actually be the land of opportunity, something needs to be  done. The problem is that no one is yet sure what we can do. (p. 3 par. 5)          C:​ While many like to cling to rags­to­riches stories or other tales, the truth is that  America is actually one of the lowest of all developed countries for upward mobility,  leading to the bitter truth that the American Dream has faded away, at least for now.    


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