Readers, before I let you go, I have one question for you: Do we still have the American Dream in action today?
I’m asking you simply because I ask myself this same question all the time. Do you have an review, interview or story you want to share?
Unfortunately, instead of peacefully imagining a great future full of computers and flying cars like in the Jetsons (which wouldn’t appear until 1962), the US entered the Cold War.
This was partially due to losing the space race to the Russians who launched Sputnik in 1957 and partially due to the fact that with the hydrogen bomb being tested in 1952, there was the realization that Russia could develop and drop a bomb from space at any time.
Despite the fear of the Reds being on American soil, a fear that would soon escalate, Americans were practicing their post-war resilience.
The early 1950s brought in two ideas that had come from the post-war resilience: opportunity and futurism.
Opportunity had hit musically, literature was taking a turn of its own with writer’s like Tennessee Williams and Jack Kerouac, and film was entering a new age of glamour with Marilyn Monroe and Jimmy Stewart.Send it to us and get a chance to be published on Ultra Swank."A New York Times article in 1955 stated that "Not so long ago girls were expelled from college for marrying; now girls feel hopeless if they haven't a marriage at least in sight by commencement time." * In the 1950's, Society encouraged and, in effect, pressured women to marry young.The American Dream of the 1940s and 1950s was by no means simple.Hard work, family values, and hope still remained the backbone of the dream, but you can see how these two decades expanded upon the dream.Advertisements began coming out in droves with military men and women pictured, easy suggestions for the everyman, and slogans like “…for the troops” began creeping into everything.Not only were people on the home front working hard, but they were becoming more of a consumer society.In the beginning of the 1940s, America was in the midst of World War II.Men were being sent overseas and women were being sent to the factories.They could buy the bread that would support the troops, they could buy a war bond, and they could hope that a war hero would come home and be in their lives.As WWII ended and the men and women of war came home, the American Dream shifted slightly.