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American Dream

By Patricia Barnes,2014-12-25 14:51
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American Dream

    American Dream

    The American Dream, sometimes in the phrase "Chasing the

    American Dream," is a national ethos;思潮信仰; of the United States in

    which freedom includes a promise of prosperity and success. In the American Dream, first expressed by James T. Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the second sentence of the United States Declaration of Independence which states that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

    Home ownership is sometimes used as a proxy for achieving the promised prosperity; ownership has been a status symbol separating the

middle classes from the poor. Sometimes the Dream is identified with

success in sports or how working class immigrants seek to join the

American way of life.

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