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By Jim Cullen

"The American Dream" is among the such a lot regular and resonant words in our nationwide lexicon, so everyday that we seldom pause to invite its foundation, its historical past, or what it really ability. during this attention-grabbing brief heritage, Jim Cullen explores the which means of the yankee Dream, or particularly the different American goals that experience either mirrored and formed American id from the Pilgrims to the current. Cullen notes that the us, not like such a lot different international locations, defines itself now not at the proof of blood, faith, language, geography, or shared background, yet on a collection of beliefs expressed within the statement of Independence and consolidated within the structure. on the center of those beliefs lies the ambiguous idea of the yankee Dream, an idea that for higher and worse has confirmed to be amazingly elastic and sturdy for centuries and throughout racial, category, and different demographic traces. The model of the yank Dream that dominates our personal time--what Cullen calls "the Dream of the Coast"--is one in every of own achievement, of repute and fortune all of the extra appealing if completed with no noticeable attempt, which unearths its such a lot insidious expression within the tradition of Hollywood.

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