From dreams of expansion to dreams of citizenship, this course will investigate the narrative that is the American Dream through films representative of U. S. American society. Students will study the behaviors, styles, and values of a variety of generations and subcultures in order to gain an understanding of the national identity as well as the evolution of these expressions. We will consider films, TV shows, comic books, historical documents, and articles concerning a variety of voices reflecting the American Dream. Throughout the course this seminar will offer an introduction to U.S. American culture through interdisciplinary texts representing American life from the 1920s to the present. We will combine knowledge of film, history, and literature to reflect on society's hopes and points of pride, conflicts with mainstream identity, and even failed visions. Over the course of the semester, we will watch several signature films from American history and examine messages, beliefs, and values. Students will have the option of making a short film at the end of the semester.