Considering that World War II was being declared, the American dream was all about peace in the '40's. The American Family was all about a common household- husband, Wife, two kids, a dog, and a house in the suburbs with the classic white picket fence. This basically meant that people were all suppose to be carefree and average.
A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore-- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over-- like a syrupy sweet?