american dream

The phrase “The American Dream” was coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931. Originally it had nothing to do with material success or wealth but rather dealt with core values of freedom, liberty, and opportunity.

The American Dream

“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 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 Epic of America”, 1931
By James Truslow Adams (1878-1949)
Winner, Pulitzer Prize, 1921

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