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By Jim Cullen

"The American Dream" is among the so much popular and resonant words in our nationwide lexicon, so conventional that we seldom pause to invite its foundation, its background, or what it truly capacity. during this interesting brief historical past, Jim Cullen explores the that means of the yankee Dream, or quite the different American goals that experience either mirrored and formed American identification from the Pilgrims to the current. Cullen notes that the U.S., not like so much different countries, defines itself no longer at the evidence of blood, faith, language, geography, or shared historical past, yet on a collection of beliefs expressed within the announcement of Independence and consolidated within the structure. on the middle of those beliefs lies the ambiguous thought of the yank Dream, an idea that for higher and worse has confirmed to be amazingly elastic and sturdy for centuries and throughout racial, classification, and different demographic strains. The model of the yank Dream that dominates our personal time--what Cullen calls "the Dream of the Coast"--is one in all own achievement, 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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