The 1969 American Dream
BY SALLY AND SYDNEY
In 1969, during the former president, Richard Nixon's inauguration everyone from young milititants to celebrities lined the streets in protest to his new power.
Work, Study, Get Ahead-- Kill
In 1969, young adults and adolescents were challenged with the idea of the American dream because of the war and conflict in the country. Many felt that after working for the ultimate dream and success, it was torn away by being drafted into the war. The quote "Work, study, get ahead-- kill." was used often by young people displaying their feelings toward the American dream. It was even chanted during a counter-inaugural parade. This was ultimately meaningless to older adults because of their pro-war beliefs.
Inaugural Parade during President Richard Nixon's Inauguration ceremony at United...HD Stock Footage
Comparing the Past and Present
The American dream today and in the 1960's is similar yet different in many perspectives. While comparing, both dreams do not contain material objects, yet are related to freedom and opportunity. Today, many Americans desire health, equality, and general freedom while they materially desire a roof over their heads and financial stability. In 1969, the popular dream revolved around peace and freedom from the war: simple concepts that most people in other countries believe that Americans take for granted.