The African-American Community and the American Dream Term Paper by scribbler

A discussion on the opportunities offered by the American Dream for African Americans.
# 152253 | 1,022 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 18, 2013 in Sociology (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper discusses the background and history of the American Dream and looks at the fundamental differences between majority and minority American communities. The paper then examines contemporary social and cultural values in the African-American community and highlights the relative inequality of opportunity that remains a feature of American society.

Background and History - The American Dream
Fundamental Differences between Majority and Minority American Communities
Contemporary Social and Cultural Values in the African American Community

From the Paper:

"The concept of the American Dream developed mainly after the end of World War II when wartime production had reversed the economic depression of the decade preceding the war. The industrial output was redirected to consumer goods and services and high earnings during the post-war era led to a widespread rise in the relative prosperity, comfort, and expectations of many Americans. Thanks substantially to government subsidies available to millions of armed services veterans, more Americans were able to pursue higher education and to purchase automobiles and homes than ever before (Henslin, 2002; Macionis, 2003).
"At the same time that Caucasian Americans were enjoying their increasing spending power and the ever-increasing comforts becoming available to them, African Americans were also undergoing significant changes in their lives. During the first two decades of the postwar economic boom in the U.S., African Americans were still deprived of fundamental civil rights, especially in the nation's southern states (Schaefer, 2006). African Americans shared in the concept of the American Dream; however, it has always had a somewhat different meaning to groups outside the mainstream, especially prior to the Civil Rights Era."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Healey JF. (2008). Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class: The Sociology of Group Conflict and Change. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge.
  • Henslin JM. (2002). Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Macionis JJ. (2003). Sociology. Hoboken, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Schaefer RT. (2006). Racial and Ethnic Groups. New York: Harper Collins.

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