Introduction Of ' American Dream ' By James Truslow Adams

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CHAPTER 1 – INTRODUCTION TO ‘AMERICAN DREAM’ The word American Dream was first coined by an American writer and historian James Truslow Adams (1878 – 1949), in his book The Epic of America, written in 1931. His definition of 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 and achievement. 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”. With time, as America evolved and grew, so did the notion that America was different from other countries, that is, a land with different and unparalleled opportunities, where anything and everything can be achieved if a person dared to dream big enough. In the Declaration of Independence, in 1776, Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, said that everyone in America- at least, those who were not enslaved by the colonists- were entitled to “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness”. The American Dream can be interpreted in many different ways; however the most common interpretation is that of, having the
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