The American Dream

80s Style

Events, People, Movements, Ideas, Norms and/or Perceptions

Switching Angles

The 1980s brought out the idea of less financial means and more happiness. Dependence on each other and finding "personal guilt" again when coming out of a "no-fault" era. The perception of it never being their fault was gone and they were coming into a time of almost blaming themselves for everything that happened.
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The American Dream and the Historical Context

Finding Balance

The American Dream is a journey to find financial success, happiness, love, and finding the best life you can. The 1980s were a crazy time of finding balance between the 1950s and the 1960s and 1970s. There were some differing opinions of how that was to be achieved.
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A Shape and Meaning

"This will be part of a return, howsoever doggedly carried out and poorly motivated, to traditional concepts of duty and morality, as well as a willingness to accept the notion of personal guilt, if only because it forces a shape and a meaning on our actions which they otherwise do not possess."


"At its root, "authority" does not mean to control but to make able to grow, suggested the positive relationship which parents have with their children, and this special responsibility which authors have for their words, and authorities for their judgment."
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Poverty v. Wealth

Achieving Success

The difference between the wealthy and the poor dissipated with this perception of the American Dream. It didn't matter who they were, if they were happy, they were living out the American Dream. If they felt free to do what they wanted and liked the life they were living then they had achieved success.
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Journey-Dont Stop Believing

Regan Dingus and Allison Wilson