The rise of the internet and the advancement of medicine and modern technology opened new opportunities for Americans, but troubling times were ahead. Although nobody expected the new millennium to begin with the terrorist attacks of September 11, the tragedy brought renewed patriotism and national security to the forefront of American consciousness. And the economic recession helped Americans to think more about financial stability and security. But even with these changes, the ideals of personal fulfillment, equality, and reasonable accruement of wealth remained crucial to the American Dream.
The American Dream continued to evolve in the 2010s as some declared its death while others desired to shape its definition. Controversial social justice movements gained momentum, and with a global pandemic came the realization that the American Dream might have more to do with family and healthy sociality than previously realized.
Whether as an opportunity for upward mobility and a better quality of life or as a means to positively impact future generations, the American Dream has always been and always will be about hard work, fulfillment, and community. At American Dream Story, we believe the American dream isn’t just surviving but thriving!