The 1950s were good days around here too. Today the town I'm from is a decaying eyesore. I've seen nothing but decline since I can remember back to the 1980s. This country is rotting apart for most people, unless you're in the 0.01 percent.
Hi Patricia et alia,
You're answered my question with a question. But okay, I will give an answer.
Patricia, I know this is way before you were born, but I was born right smack dab of the the Baby Boomer Generation. I still remember to this day news radio broadcasts about President Eisenhower and former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Also, my neighborhood was populated by veterans of World War II and the Korean War. The men and women who bought the houses in my neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago were survivors of not only the wars, but the Great Depression.
The reason I'm giving this short outline is so that you and others might understand where I'm coming from.
The American dream when I was growing up consisted of at least a fairly well-paid job with some sort of job security, and of course home ownership.
Do I think the American dream is dead? No, but those halcyon days when a high school graduate could get and keep a well-paying job are probably history. Even if you're a university graduate like myself, things aren't so good. I worked in data processing for a good many years. I often find myself wondering how soon it will be before moth-eaten places like China or India convince US companies to do all the programming via satellite, on the assumption that programming over there is somehow cheaper than it is here.
What's the American dream now? I don't know, but my guess is that it isn't a heck of a lot of difference between what people hoped for back in the 50s, and what young people hope for now.