This piece investigates the relationship between the American Dream and automobility through a generational lens, assessing cultural change in each renewal of the American Dream. Comparing generations of Americans exploring and reforming cultural space reveals evidence of the American Dream as a tendency for generations to expand to new frontiers balanced by a duty to reform current social space. Automobility multiplies Americans’ options for exploration and explodes the rate at which modern generations engage with different spaces. Now that automobility is routine, Millenials have expanded to the new social space frontier in cyberspace, but a limitless frontier may disrupt the balance between reform and discovery of space. This cultural study is an attempt to make connections between the American Dream and our use of space by looking at the impact of automobility in each generation. The generational lens provides an easily traced lineage of the American Dream because each generation has to react to the previous one’s established culture.
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