James Truslow Adams

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  • James Truslow Adams 'The American Dream'

    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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  • James Truslow Adams: The Idea Of The American Dream

    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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  • James Truslow Adams: The Meaning Of The American Dream

    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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  • Obstacle Affecting American Dreams Essay

    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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  • What Is America's Gift To My Generation

    America’s Gift to My Generation America’s gift to my generation means what privileges this generation has that other generations, or countries, don't or didn't have. This world is far more advanced than it was generations ago. America has given Generation Z many opportunities for success that other people didn't have. James Truslow Adams’ once said, “Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” In America, everyone…

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  • Martin C. Jischke's The American Dream

    this goal to be “The American Dream”. I believe such an extremely marginalized image is, in reality, considerably unfair and unrealistic. It sets short and strict guidelines on what should be considered success and prosperity. To me, the American dream is, at heart, an ideal of true happiness in life, and that happiness is dependant on a fluctuation of balance in all our societal functions. Martin C. Jischke, in his work “The American Dream”, discusses excerpts from James Truslow Adams’ Epic…

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  • American Dream In Society Today

    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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  • Inequality In The Great Gatsby

    The American dream was first defined by James Truslow Adams as “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. Many forget to point out the “everyone” aspect of the definition, as in every American should have an equal opportunity to achieve this dream. Not everyone in history has had an equal chance to achieve the American dream, whether it be discrimination, or suppression it has never been a…

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  • Evolution Of The American Dream

    rocking chair, a dog running towards their owner as they get home from work, and their family waiting for the arrival of their father as he opens the door from a long day of work. Or perhaps it’s the idea of new opportunities, freedom, and equality; a place where kids can get a good education and you get back what you put in. For others it’s the theory of an ensured successful future. Are all these definitions different because they weren’t in the same town or time period? Could it be that…

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  • The American Dream Argumentative Essay

    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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