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American Dream

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The American Dream - What is it?

James Truslow Adams, in his book The Epic of America, which was written in 1931, stated that the American dream is "that 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 a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. 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 of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position." 


The American Dream Writing Assignment

  • In at least 2 paragraphs, answer the following questions:
    •  Based on the definition on the previous slide and on what you may already know about it, define the American Dream as it applies to your life. What is your own personal definition of the American Dream? How does this concept affect your life? How does this concept affect the lives of the people in your family. Would anyone in your family have a different definition of the American Dream? Why or why not?
  •  Remember to explain yourself and use specific examples and reasons to support your answer.
  • Please turn this in before you exit the classroom.


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