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Posts Tagged ‘the American Dream’

Little House on the Prairie and its contested political legacy

Friday, December 8th, 2017

With her books, Laura Ingalls Wilder forged a myth of the American pioneer.

more about it here

Top 50 billionnaires 2014

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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from rags to riches

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

le mythe du self-made man ou l’idée qu’on peut partir de rien est très ancrée dans la culture américaine

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Debunking American myths

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

an article to read here

spaces and exchanges : the American Dream

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

What is the American dream?

The American dream is the notion that the American social, economic, and political system makes success possible for every individual. Someone who manages to achieve their version of the American dream is said to be “living the dream”.

Many people criticize the idea of the American dream because they say that it is impossible for everyone to be able to fulfill their dreams – there are still inequalities in class, race, religion and ethnicity preventing people from “living the dream”.

The idea of the American dream is older than the USA itself – it dates back to the 1600s, when people began to have hopes for what was a new and largely unexplored continent to European immigrants. People dreamt of owning land and establishing a prosperous business and hoped that this would make them happier.

Today’s the definition of the American dream is much different. Most people nowadays hope that they will get married, have two children and live in a three-bedroom traditional home. Rather than looking for great wealth or success, people hope to avoid poverty or loneliness.

Improve your listening comprehension!

You can listen to people talking about what the American dream is here

You can watch a political ad talking about the American dream here

You can watch a BBC report about the American dream here

You can listen to different people talking about the American dream on the Academie de Paris website

The founding myths of the USA

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

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The American Dream

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

une carte mentale ou mindmap ici