“What is the American Dream?”Facing Up to the American Dream: Race, Class and the

Discussion –Pold-03 ( two pages)

What are the attributes, values, and norms commonly shared in America? How might an individual or members of a particular demographic or social group disagree with you? Does this disagreement matter for American government, civil society, and/or politics? Why or why not? Is a shared political culture necessary for the polity to function effectively?

American Political Culture To evaluate the concept of diversity within the American political culture. Required Reading

Hochschild, Jennifer. “What is the American Dream?” Facing Up to the American Dream: Race, Class and the

Soul of the Nation, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1997,http://www.kropfpolisci.com/vod.hochschild.pdf (accessed August 2, 2012).

Hopfensperger, Jean. “Poverty Weaves Through the Lives of Many Americans.” The Star Tribune, October 18. 2003, http://www.mail-archive.com/gaps@winona.org/msg00101.html(accessed August 2, 2012).

Wessel, David. “Racial Discrimination is Still at Work.” The Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2003, http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB106262466678910800 (accessed September 22, 2016).

Harrison, Lawrence H. “The End of Multiculturalism.” Christian Science Monitor, February 26, 2008, http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2008/0226/p09s01-coop.html(accessed August 3, 2012).

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