The American Dream Revisited

Since World War II, Americans have been raised to believe in an American dream defined by ownership and opportunity: jobs, cars, homes, higher education, healthcare, saving for retirement, starting a business of one's own. Is this dream as viable today? Is the course of upward mobility closed, detoured or changed? With only 20 percent of college students employed following graduation in 2009, what can our nation's youth expect in the future? Anne Mosle, Linda Wertheimer, David Wessel and Thomas J. Wilson, discuss with moderator Richard Wilhelm

Festival: 2009

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