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    demonstrates a life with options that they may not be able to obtain in their own countries, and that leads to the window for The American Dream. What exactly is The American Dream? Google has specifically defined The American Dream as, “the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” But can that simple sentence in fact live up to such a controversial topic? The definition for this term vary in perspectives and The American Dream varies from being rich to just having an education. In 1931, James Truslow Adams first publicly defined the American Dream in the book Epic of America. Throughout the whole book, he often repeated the quote, “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be richer and fuller for everyone, with the opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” Adams continued to say that the American Dream 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…

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    The idea of the “American Dream” was first developed in 1931 by historian James Truslow Adams. In his book The Epic of America, Adams gave a through description of the “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”. Although this American Dream is still possible, it has become more difficult to achieve for marginalized groups such as immigrants, the impoverished and ethnic minorities. The…

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    When we refer to the the American Dream it doesn’t have a specific definition for all of us together because it’s meant for all of us and our definition of the term is different for many people because we all have our own American Dream. The term “American Dream” was invented by a historian named James Truslow Adams in 1931. What he meant by the term “American Dream” was "That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according…

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    Does the phrase “the American dream” differ today than from when James Truslow Adams coined the term in 1931? I feel that in some ways our idea of the American dream has changed somewhat. Change is part of life, so I think that naturally the phrase has evolved from when it was first used in 1931 to where we are today. While I feel the underlying meaning stands for opportunity, I feel that the opportunity is not attainable by all these days. In 1931, James Truslow Adams wrote in his book Epic of…

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    In Stephanie Watkins-Cruz's article, American Dream at Risk? When the American Dream Turns into American Need, she challenges the traditional idea of the American dream. Watkins-Cruz starts out by saying "if you work hard and remain focused, you can prosper"; which is a similar idea to the original American dream introduced by James Truslow Adams. However, she quickly states that this is not an idea that is seen throughout society. People tend to focus on their needs rather than working hard for…

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    When the topic of “The American Dream” comes up in conversations or debates, the essential question that is always being asked is “Should we be concerned about the state of the American Dream in society today”? While many would argue that we shouldn't be concerned about the “Dream” today, I say that we should. Most people who come to America, are here for one purpose: To achieve their own American Dream. In the process of attaining this goal, they come face to face with many obstacles. I…

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    When it comes to the American Dream many believe it is all about success and fortune. The idea of American Dream all started back in 1931 when a guy named James Truslow Adams said, “That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller to every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.” ( ). Many people today think the way to a happy life is about having a lot of money to buy things with and impress people with. People work a job that they…

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    Americans are continuously in search of it because, they want a better life. They believe that with determination, America's endless opportunities will set them up for success. James Truslow Adams introduced the term American dream in 1931, and now it plays a significant part of America’s culture and heritage. A large number of people disbelieve that they can live the American dream because of their circumstances, but, in fact, they can. The dream is not dead; till this day, people continue to…

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    Obstacle affecting American Dreams The ideology of American dream was propagated for the first time by James Truslow Adams in the year 1931. He was of the view that the United States of America should be a land of equal opportunity for every citizen. It should be a country which provides people with the livelihood that they deserve. Depending upon a citizen’s capability, United States must offer enough resources in exchange for his talent. This belief is equivalent to the concept of prosperity…

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    In the Vanity Fair article “Rethinking the American Dream,” David Kamp wants to find out what is the American Dream and what is the meaning of it to others. Kamp uses examples that have occurred along the history of the United States. Moss Hart, is one of the first people that Kamp refers to as he wants to know how he achieved his American Dream and how he defined the American Dream. Hart lived during the Great Depression and is the playwright of Once in a Lifetime. Hart describes the American…

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