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American Dream: New American Expansion

The American Dream is a team-taught, interdisciplinary course focused on the literature, history, government, and economics of the United States from the early 20th century to the present.

U.S. Citizenship

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Inscription on the Statue of Liberty, "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus, 1883

How The Other Half Lives

Trancontinental Railroad

Crash Course

Women's Suffrage

National Archives Woman’s Suffrage Page
Many links, including some primary documents.
Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership, Suffrage History
Biographies, time line and short outline of woman’s suffrage history.
Votes for Women
Selections from the Woman’s Suffrage Association Collection, 1948-1921

Required Reading