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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous - The New American Dream?

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous - The New American Dream?

Some people think that the American Dream is to go find Gold, have a nice house, be famous, and many other things. All of those topics I just stated are all related to money. Being RICH is the American Dream. Being rich lets us do a lot of things, like go shopping, buy gold, have a nice house, maybe even be famous. The American Dream is to be wealthy because as we all know it, Money is what it all comes down to in life. Many people don’t realize without money you can’t do much. You can’t buy a house, buy a car, support a family, or even yourself in some cases. Most people have seen MTV Cribs and we all realize that they are Rich and Famous. They all have nice houses, cars, jewelry, pets, and many other exotic and expensive things. Many people these day like the greater things in life but what can you get without money. Love? Well yes but what happens when you and your loved one has a kid, that kid needs food, diapers, a bed, cloths, and many other things. People with a lot of money are often looked at as rich, but are they rich or are they just living the AMERICAN DREAM.

Via Eric Mcdougal
Louie Cooke's comment, November 12, 2012 7:45 PM
Eric, I thoroughly agree with what you have said here about the American Dream. Anybody’s idea of the American Dream, regardless of what it is, revolves around whatever money they can find. Money truly makes the world go round, and in this case it makes the idea of a so-called “American Dream” possible.
However, the United States’ economy today is no friend to building wealth, as it has become harder and harder to find a good job and maintain a lucrative lifestyle. I believe the chances of seeing one’s American Dream come to life have diminished as the years have gone by, and the chances that one’s family will follow in the footsteps of their once rich ancestors has decreased even more. Sure some will argue that there is more then just money to the American Dream, but what can be done with little or no money? Sure the simpler things in life and in America could be experienced without the spending of a mass amount of money, but if people truly wish to live an American Dream, they must become wealthy. I do not hold the saying “money can’t buy happiness” to be true because I’m sure any American with a roof over their head, food at their table, and children at their fingertips is having a heck of a lot more fun then some bum living in a homeless shelter with five dollars to his or her name.
So kudos to you fine sir, as you hit it right on the head! None of the success that businessmen, entrepreneurs, doctors, etc. achieved would be possible without the presence of money. Money is the most essential building block in the development of one’s American Dream. No money, no dream.
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Cheap Trick- I Want You To Want Me lyrics

Jay Gatsby, a character from the fictitious novel The Great Gatsby, is by far my favorite character for a number of reasons, and that is why I decided to choose him for supplying one of the characters of the book with a theme song. The song I chose is “I Want You To Want Me” by Cheap Trick. While reading the novel, the author made it self-evident to me that Mr. Gatsby is crazy in love with Daisy Buchanan, and has been for five years. Ever since she left him he was lovesick for her, and now that he has made contact with her, he is showing off himself and his possessions in hopes she will love him once again. She left him the first time because he was poor and he waited too long, but this time Mr. Gatsby will not make the same mistake, as he is filthy rich and wants to be with and marry Daisy as soon as possible. In the song, the lead singer is calling upon his partner or crush to love him and cherish him as much as he loves and cherishes that person in which he is speaking to. It is almost as though Cheap Trick had Jay Gatsby in mind when writing this song, as it describes him and his love for Daisy ever so well. It is safe to say that from now on every time I hear “I Want You To Want Me”, I will think of Mr. Jay Gatsby himself, and vice versa.

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Colonial America, 1607-1783

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Religion in Colonial America


By Lawanda Brewer, Heather Jaques, Ranada Jones, Joshua King
Students, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 2001
Many people came to America to search for religious freedom. Their hope was to escape the religious persecution they were facing in their countries. The one thing they did not want to do was to establish a church like the Church of England. The colonists wanted a chance to worship freely and have an opportunity to choose which religion they wanted to take part in. Upon arriving in America (the Pilgrims being the first to arrive in 1620), the journey began for the search of the "perfect" religion that could satisfy the needs of the people.


Many religious groups (such as the Quakers and Puritans) formed the first 13 colonies on the basis of their religious beliefs. Although the plan was to escape persecution, there was actually some amount of persecution happening in the colonies. One example of this persecution would be with the Puritans. The Puritans wanted everyone to worship in the Puritan way. In order to ensure that Puritanism dominated the colonies, nonconformists were fined, banished, whipped, and even imprisoned for not conforming to the way of the Puritans. Eventually this persecution was ended and other religions began to appear.


The Anglicans were already established in most of the colonies and were even part of the group of people that were "persecuted" by the Puritans. However, after the dispersement of the Puritans, the number of other religions in the colonies began to increase. Baptists appeared in a majority of the colonies, Roman Catholics and Protestants organized in Maryland and even some German religions surfaced in a few of the colonies. Later came the Lutherans, who formed in the German communities in Pennsylvania, and the Presbyterians, who even had an appearance in the Massachusetts Proposals of 1705.


Religious diversity had become a dominant part of colonial life. The colonies were a patchwork of religiously diverse communities and, as a result, the population of America increased quickly. People from all over the world wanted the freedom that was found in America and they began to move their homelands to America. Groups such as the Scotch-Irish were among the first to begin that emigration to America. As a result, religious persecution was beginning to diminish and religious freedom began to replace it.


Religion also became a dominant part of American politics. The Cambridge Platform was established in the 1640's. This document was a part of the Puritan theology and adopted the Westminister Confession. Then, in 1649, the Act Concerning Religion was enacted. This act has even been considered one of the greatest additions to the freedom of religion in America. Later political documents included the Massachusetts Proposals and the Adopting Act of 1729. The Bill of Rights added to religious freedom with the First Amendment.

Eventually, the issue of church and state became a topic of debate. According to Clifton Olmstead, author of History of Religion in United States, the separation of church and state was completed by the Constitution in 1777 (214). There were numerous groups of people who disagreed with the separation. Some even thought that it would have no effect on the growth of religion in the United States. Olmstead quotes a Congregationalist minister about his idea of the separation: "It was as dark a day as ever I saw. The odium thrown upon the ministry was inconceivable. The injury done to the cause of Christ, as we then supposed, was irreparable. For several days I suffered what no tongue can tell for the best thing that ever happened to the State of Connecticut. It cut the churches loose from dependence on state support. It threw them wholly on their own resources and on God. . . .They say ministers have lost their influence; the fact is, they have gained. By voluntary efforts, societies, missions, and revivals, they exert a deeper influence than ever they could by queues and shoe buckles, and cocked hats and gold-headed canes"(215).


Overall, religion was an important aspect in the colonization of America. It became a dominant part of the lives of the colonists and continued to grow over the years. Events such as the Salem Witchcraft Trials of the 1690's and the Great Awakening of the 1730's only increased the influence of religion in America. America had become a refuge for those who wanted religious freedom and became a home to the many people that had the chance to improve their lives.


Works Cited

Olmstead, Clifton E. History of Religion in the United States. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1960.

Louie Cooke's comment, October 25, 2012 8:24 PM
The United States of America, also known as the Land of Opportunity, has opened countless doors and has given an astronomical amount of people the power to make something of their lives. That being said, many people like to think of the United States as a chance to fulfill their dreams; an American dream one might say. There are many interpretations of “The American Dream,” one of which I find personally intriguing. Religious persecution was, and still is, a ghastly and horrific crime that occurs all around the world. Primary during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries religious persecution was rough on people. People wanted to flee this persecution; so they formulated a dream of practicing their religion peacefully. The United States offered a perfect breeding ground for the people being persecuted, as the new world implied a new way of life. The United States did and still does in fact offer a safe a secure location for practicing one’s religion without persecution, a feat that not many countries have obtained. My interpretation of the American Dream stems from this religious freedom, one of the twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution, and I am truly blessed to be an American living the American Dream.
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News Article relating to The Great Gatsby

The article that I selected that relates to one of the characters in The Great Gatsby “Erika D. Smith: Obama effigy, a reminder that things aren’t always what they may seem.” This article was published Saturday the 3rd of November and I found this article on the Indy Star website.


The gist of the article published by Erika D. Smith was that Smith, a news reporter, stumbled upon and effigy of president Obama hanging by a noose in this gentleman’s front yard. She confronted the gentleman, and found him not to be a racist as she previously deduced. As a matter of fact, his wife is black and he has biracial children. However, the article mentions how since Obama was elected in 2008, a there is more racism seen today then in earlier years. This is where Tom Buchanan, long withstanding millionaire from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, comes into play as the author made it self evident that Tom is a racist. In the first chapter of the novel, he explains to Nick Carraway, the narrator, that he just finished reading a book about how the white race was dominate and how other races have poisoned the food of society. This directly relates to the race problem that is seen today, as more and more whites are finding a newfound sense of supremacy. I find it quite amusing and ironic that Tom Buchanan talked about how the white race has built this country into what it is today (him including), even though he has not held any sort of occupation nor done anything beneficiary to society. It is interesting how people obtain a sense of false identity when justifying or believing an idea.

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The Jazz Age

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The Jazz Age of the Roaring Twenties put the spotlight on a new

sound standing firmly on center-stage.


The Age of Jazz
With the rise of this new musical form came a common thread that

runs throughout the 1920s: innovation and energy.


The Role of Jazz In 1920s Culture

As with fashion and the characters of the 1920s, the music has often been romanticized and mythologized. It's hard to tell fact from fiction.

The fact is the jazz lifestyle was appealing to many. Aloof, hard-edged, passionate and distinctly urban, the jazz musician character appealed to many young white girls and boys hoping to escape the drudgery of rural America.


Chicago and New York became the hotbeds of this new music. Jazz quartets were forming all over the country as young boys gathered to listen to new records on windup Victrolas.

It was written that everything "in fashion would, sooner or later, be defined as jazz." Jazz was more than a musical style, it was style.

The Age of Jazz didn't only occur in the cities. It was as much or more a phenomenon in the small towns where girls and boys smoked, drank, drove fast, and "petted" in the back seats of motorcars.


The early 1920s were prime years of flappers; despised by "proper" Middle America, but adored by the major newspapers and magazines of the day.

Taking the music out of the equation, you can make a good argument "The Jazz Age" was as much a slick marketing campaign as it was a social revolution.


Girls were spending hundreds of dollars the get the right "flapper" look (in the 1920s this was worth upwards of $1000).

Make no mistake, there was a revolution happening, both in the music world and with the "New Woman" of The Jazz Age.

You just had to look in the right places.

The Mould of "The New Woman"

Thanks in large part to young woman like Zelda Sayre (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s young bride), Louise Brooks and Lois Long, women were becoming a major force to be reckoned with in popular culture of the 1920s.


Smart, witty, brash, and eloquent, these women not only drank and partied just as hard as the men, they also chronicled their experiences as flappers during the Roaring Twenties..

Long was a major reporter for New York's newest magazine, "The New Yorker". She journaled here exploits and adventures as Manhattan’s most popular socialite. She was the Carrie Bradshaw of the 1920s, and fleshed out what it meant to experience The Jazz Age.

Joshua Zietz writes, "Flapperdom was every bit as much an expression of class aspirations as it was a statement of personal freedom."


Louie Cooke's comment, October 29, 2012 9:12 PM
The Jazz Age will forever be regarded as one of the most exhilarating and enlightening eras in American history. The Jazz Age, the term coined by one of the most renowned authors of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald, was marked by new types of personalities, new fashion waves, and by young listeners and musicians who simply got involved in the Jazz community to escape the dullness of real life. A new breed of women was said to have been born with the Jazz age, one with more of a rebellious and reckless lifestyle then what was previously accepted. I believe that the Jazz Age helped America get their mind off The Great War; which weighed quite a heavy burden on the people of the “Roarin’ Twenties.” Jazz and Blues became especially popular during the Great Depression. The people used the music as a way to express their sorrow and hardships. I believe the Jazz Age is similar to the Rock and Roll era of the 1980s and the Rap/Hip-Hop era from early 2000 to now because all three have transformed the music industry in each of their specific genres. I believe the Jazz Age made the “Roarin’ Twenties” possible by introducing a new way in which to express one’s individualism and providing a sense of repose to the war-stricken America.
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The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books (PHOTOS, POLL)

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Even though it's not banned books week, the issue of censorship is ever-present, and while going through the list, we found those that didn't surprise us (Howard Stern's "Private Parts," "The New Joy of Gay Sex," Judy Blume's "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret," and the one that's been banned from the beginning, DH Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover"), we found many that did, including the dictionary.

Louie Cooke's comment, October 22, 2012 5:01 PM
Upon reading this article, it became clear to me that the act of banning books in some places, though seemingly justifiable, is very unethical and is a clear violation of one’s freedom of speech. Sure the contents or ideas of some books may seem deplorable to some audiences, but that does not give one the right to restrict the further reading of that book by another person! We all have different values and principals, and the authors of some books are just expressing their inner emotions. I strongly believe that it is up to the person, or legal guardian of that person, to decide what they can or cannot read, not some committee that meets and decides for them! Now if people were forced to read books of graphic or depicting nature that would be another story, but just as long as one is not required to read a book that is under scrutiny, I do not believe it should be banned from everyone. This nation was built on the ability to express one’s opinions without opposition; why take away what has brought our nation together? I am appalled at the outlawing of books such as the dictionary or The Diary of Anne Frank. These works are highly regarded as key literary pieces and the prohibition of these publications is simply unacceptable in my eyes.