American Dream (2010)

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Using remarkable archive footage and eyewitness testimony, this major three-part series explores the realities behind the idea of the 'American Dream' from the 1940s to the 1970s.

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1

Plenty and Paranoia

After World War Two ended, Americans faced a future that seemed not only full of promise but also replete with danger. The United States emerged as the richest and most powerful nation in the world yet its safety and even its existence were widely perceived to be threatened as never before.

2

A Dream Denied

American Dream looks at those who could not square the rhetoric of the dream with the reality of their lives, and those who wanted a different dream and a different America. It looks at a range of experiences: from Japanese and African Americans during the Second World War to radical groups of the seventies like the Weather Underground and the American Indian Movement.

3

One Nation Under God