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For many immigrants, the Statue of Liberty was their first view of the United States, signifying freedom and personal liberty.
^ Vivek Wadhwa, a lead researcher on the study Americas Loss is the Worlds Gain, found that many Indians who studied in the United States were returning home.

^ The American dream is not limited to the United States or its citizens…not the land…not the government, not any one external place, person or thing.

^ By JACK BELL The United States played its first international soccer match in 1916, a 3-2 win over Sweden in Stockholm.
  • An American Dream - Goal Blog - NYTimes.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC goal.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: News]

The statue is an iconic symbol of the United States and of the American Dream.
.The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States of America in which democratic ideals are perceived as a promise of prosperity for its people.^ What if people are biologically unsuited for the American dream?
  • American Dream a Biological Impossibility, Neuroscientist Says | Wired Science | Wired.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It has not served the people of the United States.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ [HD5710.7 .L393 1996] The endangered American dream : how to stop the United States from becoming a Third World country and how to win the geo-economic struggle for industrial supremacy / Edward N. Luttwak.
  • American Dream Bibliography 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.liu.edu [Source type: Academic]

In the American Dream, first expressed by James Truslow Adams in 1931, citizens of every rank feel that they can achieve a "better, richer, and happier life."[1] The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence[2] which states that "all men are created equal"[3] and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights"[3] including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."[3]
.The American Dream has been credited with helping to build a cohesive American experience but has also been blamed for overinflated expectations.^ [HC110.C6 H87 2001] Financing the American dream : a cultural history of consumer credit / Lendol Glen Calder.
  • American Dream Bibliography 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.liu.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ As jobs disappear and layoffs happen, people are reinventing their work life and readjusting their expectations about the American Dream.

^ What does A Soldiers Play say about the American experience or the American Dream theme?
  • 83.05.01: The American Dream and Experience in Literature 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.yale.edu [Source type: General]

[4] .Some commentators have noted that despite deep-seated belief in the egalitarian American Dream, the modern American wealth structure still perpetuates racial and class inequalities between generations.^ Is the American Dream still alive today?
  • Founding Fathers and the true American Dream 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC todaysamericandream.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Every generation has a unique american dream.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ [JC575 .R43 1998] Books - General The American dream : a short history of an idea that shaped a nation / Jim Cullen.
  • American Dream Bibliography 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.liu.edu [Source type: Academic]

[5] .These commentators note that advantage and disadvantage are not always connected to individual successes or failures, but often to prior position in a social group.^ While there is always money available for successful serial entrepreneurs and very high quality start-ups, the bar for these has gone up considerably.

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.In common parlance, the term American Dream is often used as a synonym for home ownership since homes have historically been seen as status symbols separating the middle classes and the poor.^ Most of today's Americans would say that home ownership is the American Dream.
  • Founding Fathers and the true American Dream 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC todaysamericandream.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Since WHEN is the American dream SEVEN homes ?
  • Think Progress » Fox News: “Is Obama Bashing ‘American Dream’ By Bashing McCain’s 7 Homes?” 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ The American Dream - The American Dream The American Dream is a concept that anyone, regardless of their background or financial status, is able to pursue and full-fill their personal goal.
  • Free American Dream Essays 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.123helpme.com [Source type: Original source]

[6] This usage, though, while common, is generally considered a very specific use of a more general term.

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Overview

.Since the early 19th century, the United States has regarded and promoted itself as a beacon of liberty and prosperity achieved through a combination of the philosophical and ethical principles propounded by its founders and implemented in their most perfect form.^ At one time the emergence of the United States economy made it easier than most places to express the American dream.

^ As the 21st century unfolds, the United States maintains its "go it alone" approach and belief in the wisdom of unbridled competition.
  • Europe: Eclipsing the American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.ricksteves.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He combines personal and aesthetic judgments with ease and style, and what comes through most loud and clear is the guy's ambition.
  • Runaway American Dream 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC guterman.com [Source type: General]

In tandem with this is its natural wealth and bounty within the New World.
.The meaning of the "American Dream" has changed over the course of history.^ The American dream has changed overtime.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I feel that the American Dream has changed over time.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ No, the American Dream is continously changing.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

.While historically traced to the New World mystique — the availability of land and the continuing American expansion — the ethos today simply indicates the ability, through participation in the resonant society and culture of the United States, to bring prosperity to oneself.^ With continuing education credits in the United States.
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^ Rather than assimilating into a "melting pot" like in the United States, today's immigrant groups are now parts of diasporas: cultural groups who roam the planet but stay connected.
  • Europe: Eclipsing the American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.ricksteves.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And even though the United States has a robust financial system, a hard landing would mean reduced economic activity.
  • Debtor Nation | Harvard Magazine Jul-Aug 2007 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC harvardmagazine.com [Source type: Original source]

.According to the dream, this includes the opportunity for one's children to grow up and receive an American education and its consequent career opportunities.^ No one American Dream is the same.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Today, I would describe the american dream as going to colledge and getting an education.
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^ But if I judge the quality of my life by the quality of the public education available to our children and by the affordability of basic health care, well, we're on a downward spiral.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

.It is the opportunity to make individual choices without the restrictions of class, caste, religion, race, or ethnic group.^ Also, the class, working as a group because the cast is large will cast the play with actors whom they know from TV, the stage or from the movies.
  • 83.05.01: The American Dream and Experience in Literature 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.yale.edu [Source type: General]

Origin

James Truslow Adams coined the phrase "American Dream" in his 1931 book Epic of America:
.The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.^ He writes that the American dream is: "...that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Better yet, is that the definition of the American dream?
  • Think Progress » Fox News: “Is Obama Bashing ‘American Dream’ By Bashing McCain’s 7 Homes?” 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ The American Dream is the idea that life will be better and more enriching to everyone.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. .It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.^ Truslow says that the dream is of social order and that people want to attain what they are capable of getting.
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And that they are recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."
  • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

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.The American Dream, that has lured tens of millions of all nations to our shores in the past century has not been a dream of material plenty, though that has doubtlessly counted heavily.^ The American Dream emphasizes autonomy, national pride, and material wealth.
  • Europe: Eclipsing the American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.ricksteves.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Doesn’t sound like the American Dream, more a society so heavily focussed on consumerism that the economy is doomed if that stops, and with its participants thoroughly indoctrinated in consumerism.
  • American Dream a Biological Impossibility, Neuroscientist Says | Wired Science | Wired.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are hundreds of thousands of folks trying to live the American Dream in Michigan, but for circumstances beyond their control, it may all come to an end.
  • American Dream | BlogHer 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.blogher.com [Source type: General]

.It has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as a man and woman, unhampered by the barriers which had slowly been erected in the older civilizations, unrepressed by social orders which had developed for the benefit of classes rather than for the simple human being of any and every class.^ Maybe that’s the new American dream: a return to normalcy and a restoration of the Constitution and the rule of law rather than evolving into an overt autocracy.
  • Americans Don't Believe in the American Dream | Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace | AlterNet 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.alternet.org [Source type: General]

^ Hey, if the American dream is fresh and hot wives when the mood suits, and being a kept man.
  • Think Progress » Fox News: “Is Obama Bashing ‘American Dream’ By Bashing McCain’s 7 Homes?” 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ Being attached to the idea of a dream, marketed to us, by massive societal collective illusion is more harmful than the dream itself.
  • Americans Don't Believe in the American Dream | Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace | AlterNet 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.alternet.org [Source type: General]

Later 20th and 21st centuries

.In recent years, the concept of the American Dream as a national ideal has been studied by various organizations.^ Now it is time to get everything ready for the first race of our American Dream Tour, the Las Vegas Nationals.
  • http://www.nhra.com/story/2009/11/23/lex-joons-american-dream-blog-thanks-to-everyone/ 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.nhra.com [Source type: General]

^ To provide students with a springboard to choose a concept of the American dream for themselves.
  • 83.05.01: The American Dream and Experience in Literature 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.yale.edu [Source type: General]

^ The American Dream emphasizes autonomy, national pride, and material wealth.
  • Europe: Eclipsing the American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.ricksteves.com [Source type: Original source]

.The conclusions of these studies indicate that during the 1990s to the 2000s, an increasing number of people confess to having lost faith in the American Dream.^ What if people are biologically unsuited for the American dream?
  • American Dream a Biological Impossibility, Neuroscientist Says | Wired Science | Wired.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It’s more likely that Americans dream about having as much money as the McCains.
  • Think Progress » Fox News: “Is Obama Bashing ‘American Dream’ By Bashing McCain’s 7 Homes?” 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ During the wild late 1990s and the first years of the new century, the dream of home ownership turned hallucinogenic.
  • Why the New American Real Estate Dream Is Renting - WSJ.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

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See also

Notes

  1. ^ Cullen, 2004, p. 6.
  2. ^ a b Kamp, David (April 2009). "Rethinking the American Dream". Vanity Fair. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2009/04/american-dream200904. Retrieved June 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c USHistory.org. The Declaration of Independence. Retrieved on June 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Greider, William. The Nation, May 6, 2009. The Future of the American Dream, Retrieved on June 20, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Johnson, 2006, pp. 6–10. "The crucial point is not that inequalities exist, but that they are being perpetuated in recurrent patterns—they are not always the result of individual success or failure, nor are they randomly distributed throughout the population. In the contemporary United States, the structure of wealth systematically transmits race and class inequalities through generations despite deep-rooted belief otherwise."
  6. ^ Fisher, Sarah Young; Shelly, Susan: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 20s & 30s, Penguin Group, 2009, pg. 264
  7. ^ Library of Congress. American Memory. "What is the American Dream?". Accessed August 21, 2008.

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.The American Dream encapsulates the dreams and ideals of generations of Americans.^ Every generation has a unique american dream.
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^ [JC575 .R43 1998] Books - General The American dream : a short history of an idea that shaped a nation / Jim Cullen.
  • American Dream Bibliography 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.liu.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ Still, the American Dream, in F.D.R.’s day, remained largely a set of deeply held ideals rather than a checklist of goals or entitlements.
  • Rethinking the American Dream | vanityfair.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.vanityfair.com [Source type: General]

.There is much debate over exactly which dreams and ideals these are, and the term is often used ironically.^ What needs to change is our expectation of what the dream promises—and our understanding of what that vague and promiscuously used term, “the American Dream,” is really supposed to mean.
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  • Rethinking the American Dream | vanityfair.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.vanityfair.com [Source type: General]

^ There are people who want material things and want to be billionaires in order to buy as much as they can, but these people just use the items to fill something missing in their life, if there was no hole, all the would want is just enough as well.
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  • But there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.^ The American Dream - The American Dream "The American Dream is "that dream of a nation in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with options for each according to capacity or accomplishments.
    • Free American Dream Essays 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.123helpme.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He writes that the American dream is: "...that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Better yet, is that the definition of the American dream?
    • Think Progress » Fox News: “Is Obama Bashing ‘American Dream’ By Bashing McCain’s 7 Homes?” 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. .It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.^ Truslow says that the dream is of social order and that people want to attain what they are capable of getting.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is a dream of social stability in which each man and each woman shall be able to achieve to the fullest distinction of which they are ess...
    • Free American Dream Essays 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.123helpme.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • James Truslow Adams first coined the phrase [1] "the American dream" in The Epic of America (2nd ed., Greenwood Press, 1931), p.^ I think that James Truslow Adams idea of the american dream is a better version of todays.
      • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It was James Truslow Adams who first coined the term "The American Dream" in his book THE EPIC OF AMERICA written in 1931.
      • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ And he is shrewd: The title phrase, "Runaway American dream," speaks to "both the optimism...and the less pleasant reality of a dream gone awry."
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  • The American dream that has lured tens of millions of all nations to our shores in the past century has not been a dream of material plenty, though that has doubtlessly counted heavily.^ Americans want to reclaim our American dream.
    • Obama's November 7, 2007, speech on the 'American Dream' - CNN.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: News]

    ^ The American Dream emphasizes autonomy, national pride, and material wealth.
    • Europe: Eclipsing the American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.ricksteves.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Redefining what we can do with our country is the American Dream .
    • American Dream // Current 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC current.com [Source type: News]

    .It has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as a man and woman, unhampered by the barriers which had slowly been erected in the older civilizations, unrepressed by social orders which had developed for the benefit of classes rather than for the simple human being of any and every class.^ Truslow says that the dream is of social order and that people want to attain what they are capable of getting.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Still, the American Dream, in F.D.R.’s day, remained largely a set of deeply held ideals rather than a checklist of goals or entitlements.
    • Rethinking the American Dream | vanityfair.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.vanityfair.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • James Truslow Adams, The Epic of America (2nd ed., Greenwood Press, 1931), p.^ So I researched the term “American Dream”, and found that it was defined in a history book by James Truslow Adams entitled The Epic of America (1931).
      • When Did “The American Dream” Become Debt? — The Baglady 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC baglady.dreamhosters.com [Source type: General]

      ^ James Truslow Adams: historian of the American dream / Allan Nevins.
      • American Dream Bibliography 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.liu.edu [Source type: Academic]

      ^ I think that James Truslow Adams idea of the american dream is a better version of todays.
      • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • I'm just livin' out the American Dream
    And I just realized that nothing is what it seems.^ Obama really bashing the American Dream?” .
    • Think Progress » Fox News: “Is Obama Bashing ‘American Dream’ By Bashing McCain’s 7 Homes?” 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Is the American Dream just to have a lot of money?
    • American Dream | BlogHer 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.blogher.com [Source type: General]

    ^ To me the american dream boils down to just one thing....happiness.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • ...sweet Jesus, there are a hell of a lot of them—still screaming around these desert-city crap tables at four-thirty on a Sunday morning.^ But there has been also the American dream , that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.” (p.
    • When Did “The American Dream” Become Debt? — The Baglady 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC baglady.dreamhosters.com [Source type: General]

    ^ When I hear him speak I just know there’s going to be a lot of hard core pain up ahead for Americans.
    • Obama’s American Dream: Servitude 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.infowars.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As logic would dictate there are simply lots more of them than there are of us, even if we include those who are still chasing the dream.

    .Still humping the American Dream, that vision of the Big Winner somehow emerging from the last minute pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino.^ The American Dream is still valid but is totally d...
    • Free American Dream Essays 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.123helpme.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This treasure was and still is the American Dream.
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    ^ One last point on regaining the American dream is to have fun!

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  • I'm Miss American Dream since I was seventeen...^ The American Dream - The American Dream missing works cited It is the intent of this paper to prove that the "American Dream" can best be explained as a "ciity upon a hill."
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    ^ Now it is time to get everything ready for the first race of our American Dream Tour, the Las Vegas Nationals.
    • http://www.nhra.com/story/2009/11/23/lex-joons-american-dream-blog-thanks-to-everyone/ 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.nhra.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I haven't bought a copy of People since they put John Lennon's killer on the cover, but I'm told Runaway American Dream is mentioned in the current issue.
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  • The American dream is, in part, responsible for a great deal of crime and violence because people feel that the country owes them not only a living but a good living.^ "We've been living the American dream in reverse."
    • The New American Dream 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC newamericandream.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Living on loan is American dream?
    • American Dream a Biological Impossibility, Neuroscientist Says | Wired Science | Wired.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I am living the american dream!!
    • When Did “The American Dream” Become Debt? — The Baglady 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC baglady.dreamhosters.com [Source type: General]

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  • Look at those cunts on MTV, with their cars and cribs and rings and shit.^ Perry Adams of The Argo interviews Mort Sahl at “The Hungry i” in San Francisco, Monday, March 18, 1968 .
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    Is that what being a celebrity means?
    Look boys and girls, heres BBC. See corpses, rapes, and amputees. .What do you think now of the American dream?^ I think that the american dream has changed and will always change.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The American Dream, for now, has been severally downsized.

    ^ Im sorry Mrs Harris but if you think things are worse now then they were in 1905 then you must not know much about history.
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  • There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream.^ But there has been also the American dream , that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.” (p.
    • When Did “The American Dream” Become Debt? — The Baglady 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC baglady.dreamhosters.com [Source type: General]

    ^ There was a law of God or man That on the one who came too late The gate for half an hour be locked, His time be lost, his pittance docked.
    • The New American Dream 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC newamericandream.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I think that for people who are living a harder life, their dream is for peace and equality and they know that hard work will result in their happiness.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

    They are right, It is. It is the American dream. .
  • It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.^ Because you’d have to be f**king asleep to believe it.” My dream now?
    • Americans Don't Believe in the American Dream | Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace | AlterNet 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.alternet.org [Source type: General]

    ^ I believe the American Dream is to find happiness.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I believe the American Dream is different for everyone.
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  • The American Dream has run out of gas.^ To quote the late, great George Carlin: It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it .
    • Think Progress » Fox News: “Is Obama Bashing ‘American Dream’ By Bashing McCain’s 7 Homes?” 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ I think the American Dream is about what we can get out of our system for our personal enrichment.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Being a Todd fanatic from the get-go made me seek out The American Dream in 1970.
    • The American Dream (self-titled) | therisingstorm.net 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC therisingstorm.net [Source type: General]

    The car has stopped. .It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies.^ The American Dream no longer exists.
    • Americans Don't Believe in the American Dream | Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace | AlterNet 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.alternet.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Discuss: If buying a home is no longer the American dream, what is?
    • Why the New American Real Estate Dream Is Renting - WSJ.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: General]

    No more. It's over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam... .
  • We believe that what matters most is not narrow appeals masquerading as values, but the shared values that show the true face of America; not narrow values that divide us, but the shared values that unite us: family, faith, hard work, opportunity and responsibility for all, so that every child, every adult, every parent, every worker in America has an equal shot at living up to their God-given potential.^ And maybe today it’s only having to show up and work hard..
    • Obama’s American Dream: Servitude 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.infowars.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We believe that living the American Dream is an opportunity that has been given to us as a birth rite.

    ^ In America, people live to work and don't work to live.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

    .That is the American dream and the American value.^ Our society has lost all of its moral values and along with that the American dream has withered away in to a greedy self fulfilling prophecy.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I'd like to extend that idea to personal economic conversion, about conversion of our lives, and about the conversion of values necessary to take us from the Old American Dream to this new one.
    • Tom Atlee - The Conversion Of The American Dream 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.context.org [Source type: General]

    ^ The American Dream has lost all moral values.
    • Bill Moyers Journal: A New American Dream? 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

  • Success is somebody else's failure. .Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty.^ Living on loan is American dream?
    • American Dream a Biological Impossibility, Neuroscientist Says | Wired Science | Wired.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "We've been living the American dream in reverse."
    • The New American Dream 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC newamericandream.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I am living the american dream!!
    • When Did “The American Dream” Become Debt? — The Baglady 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC baglady.dreamhosters.com [Source type: General]

  • We British, we don't have a dream, do we? No, it's because we're wide-awake!
    • Al Murray as his character, the Pub Landlord

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Noun

  1. (idiomatic) A widespread determination by Americans to provide their children with a better upbringing than their parents were able to provide for them.
  2. (idiomatic) A philosophy that with hard work, courage and determination, anyone can prosper and achieve success.

Quotations

."The American Dream: A white picket fence, 2.4 kids, and a nice puppy dog?^ It is also such a stereotype-2 kids and a dog and a white picket fence.
  • The American Dream: Myth or Fact? - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.associatedcontent.com [Source type: General]

^ White picket fence??

^ In part two , we take a look at the pursuit of property, and an icon of that dream: a house with a white picket fence.
  • The American Dream - Forbes.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.forbes.com [Source type: News]

No! .The American Dream is that each one of us gets our own dream.^ We can all have our own vision of the American Dream.
  • DigitalVagabonding » Blog Archive » Burning the American Dream 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.digitalvagabonding.com [Source type: General]

^ Americans want to reclaim our American dream.
  • Obama's November 7, 2007, speech on the 'American Dream' - CNN.com 10 February 2010 11:12 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ The webring is called The American Dream because owning one's own business IS an American Dream.

Big dreams. Small dreams. Crazy dreams. .But here's the thing: It's not just about where your dreams take you; it's about where you take your dreams."^ Take your time and think about the homes that you see.

^ You are here: About .

^ Here's the thing about The American Dream.

-Dennis Hopper commercial[1]

Translations

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Simple English

The American Dream is the hope that in the United States of America, anyone can become rich or famous if they work hard and try their very best.

Many migrants, people who come to America from other countries, come to America because they hope for a better life. America is attractive to migrants, because often there is more freedom to become rich or famous than the country that they leave.

With American Dream is also meant to live free and equal with all other people in the USA.

The American Dream is also a main theme in the book by John Steinbeck, "Of Mice and Men". The two friends George and Lennie dream of their own piece of land with a ranch, so they can "live offa the fatta the lan'" and just enjoy a better life. But the symbolism shows this is futile due to the fact that it will never happen, and that they end up shooting Lennie in the back of the head, like Candy's dog. This shows that not everyone can achieve the American dream, thus proving by contradiction it is not possible.


Citable sentences

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