MC The Making and Persistence of the American Dream Discussion
Okay, folks, this assignment is in two parts.
Part 1: Print out and read “The Making and Persistence of the American Dream” by John Kenneth White and Sandra Hanson and include at least 3 annotations per page (30 minimum).
Your annotations should keep track of the main ideas of the article, especially those that focus on why the American Dream endures or persists (you’ll need them for your essay assignment!). Also, use annotations to keep track of various authors discussed and their ideas and to make your own personal comments and responses to what you’re reading. Let me see you actively engaging with the text!
Please submit photos or scans of three pages of your annotations along with your responses to the questions below.
Part 2: Answer the questions below (minimum word count 750 words — this will also help you prepare for your essay!).
- According to the authors, what is at the heart of the American Dream? Why do they believe it has endured?
- In what ways has this article deepened your understanding about the American Dream? For example, what are some of the new ideas and/or historical references in this article that helped you get a fuller picture of the American Dream? Since it was published before the Trump presidency, perhaps you want to reflect on how the Dream has changed since its writing? Be specific and detailed!