The American Dream : The Origin Of The American Dream

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In 1931, a man by the name of James Truslow Adams wrote a book titled,“The Epic of America”. In his book, Adams wrote about American success and its origins. It is here that the term “the American dream” was popularized. For some, the American dream is synonymous with success. For others, it is the opportunity to achieve success. These perspectives on the phrase have changed throughout history. Travelers across the globe look to the United States as the land of opportunity; to live “the American dream”. From the origins of the U.S.A to the modern day, the definition of the American dream has not changed. However, the perception of what that dream is, and the standard of living people have strived toward, continues to transform with time. It’s important to understand what the American dream is before focusing on its origins*. According to the Merriam Webster, “The American Dream” is a happy life achieved by any American through hard work(“the American dream”). The Dictionary definition states that the American dream embodies “the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity” (“American Dream”). These reputable online dictionaries differ in wording, but are are similar at their core. Both illustrate the idea that, if you work hard, you have the opportunity to achieve. This is in important principle in the American psyche, and the foundation on which the United States was founded. Near the end of the 19th century, many immigrants traveled to the United States seeking economic

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