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.