Essay On Transcendentalism

Words: 503
Pages: 3

Throughout american history two overarching themes are reflected; the american dream and consumerism these topics define america as a nation.
The american dream: the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.
Is the american dream a dream for all? What has it meant to americans throughout time? Millions immigrate to america annually in hope of the a better life for their children is this the american dream? Is owning a home the american dream? Is the american dream the ability to consume freely?
What does it mean when the dream of a country was build of the backs of slaves and other oppressed and abused people? What does it take for everyone to have opportunity
Was transcendentalism the american dream before consumerism?
…show more content…
post world war II the government was supplying new programs such as the g.i. Bill of rights (passed in 1944) that offered benefits to veterans of the war this created opportunities for young families to buy homes and contribute to suburban sprawl

The Civil rights movement

Martin luther king's i have a dream speech

The jazz age

The jazz age draws many comparisons to the 50s as the post world war zeitgeist breathed new life into the country during both times. Though in the jazz age saw migrations to the city's creating bustling hubs of culture contrasting the 50s major movements to the suburbs

The 20s reflected huge economic growth and consumerism saw new light as commercialism came into the mainstream

“Though not a new idea, mass marketing reached new heights in the 1920s. In 1917, only $400 million had been devoted to advertising. By 1929, the figure had risen to $2.6