The Epic Of America By James Truslow Adams

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In James Truslow Adams’ The Epic of America, the American dream is defined as an egalitarian ideology in which “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” Established by an inherently advantaged Anglo American in an era of burgeoning racism, the American dream was and is still believed to provide equal opportunity for all, including minorities who, despite their onerous struggle against discrimination at the hands of their white counterparts, are only equals when the dream is materialized on ink and paper. This inherent racial paradox of the American dream is reinforced by author Jennifer Hochschild, referring to Adams’ invention as “joyously liberating in its message that people may aspire to control their own destiny rather than merely acquiesce in the vagaries of fate or an overlord.” Failing to acknowledge the United States as the oppressor alluded to in her assertion, Hochschild, like many white Americans, has overlooked the socio-economic obstacles enslaving minority races, and has conceptualized an impractical reality in which the country’s dream of alleged equality encompasses all individuals—whether they be subordinate or elite. In spite of these orthodox convictions promulgated for decades by Anglo citizens, the impeded advancement of minorities due to systemic, personally mediated, and internalized racism has proven the American dream’s equal opportunities for success unobtainable
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