The American Dream By James Truslow Adams

1500 Words6 Pages
The American Dream is the sole reason that millions of people decided to come to this country, whether it be generations ago, or last week. But even so, this shared dream faces problems. To solve the problem, the American Dream has to be defined. James Truslow Adams, author of the 1931 book The Epic of America, was the first person to mention and therefore define the American Dream. He established it as: “[T]hat 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… 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… and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position” (Adams 214-215). Adams says that the American Dream is not just becoming as rich as one can but to achieve to the best of one’s abilities. He also describes the equal platform that all citizens should get when in America. Overall, the American Dream is defined as the idea that in this country, everyone, free from discrimination based on uncontrolled traits, has the opportunity to achieve their own dream, whatever it may be. And, with sweat and toil, their dream will come true. This was true back in Adam’s time, but fast forward 84 years to today, and the American Dream seems more like a hallucination or a fantasy. Too many attributes of the working
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