By Jim Cullen

"The American Dream" is without doubt one of the such a lot accepted and resonant words in our nationwide lexicon, so primary that we seldom pause to invite its beginning, its background, or what it truly skill. during this attention-grabbing brief heritage, Jim Cullen explores the that means of the yank Dream, or relatively the various American desires that experience either mirrored and formed American identification from the Pilgrims to the current. Cullen notes that the U.S., in contrast to so much different countries, defines itself now not at the evidence of blood, faith, language, geography, or shared historical past, yet on a suite of beliefs expressed within the assertion of Independence and consolidated within the structure. on the middle of those beliefs lies the ambiguous suggestion of the yank Dream, an idea that for larger and worse has confirmed to be amazingly elastic and sturdy for centuries and throughout racial, category, and different demographic strains. The model of the yankee Dream that dominates our personal time--what Cullen calls "the Dream of the Coast"--is one in every of own success, of reputation and fortune all of the extra pleasing if accomplished with out visible attempt, which reveals its such a lot insidious expression within the tradition of Hollywood.

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