The American Dream
‘from dishwasher to millionaire’ or ‘from rags to riches’

Definition: The American Dream is the ideal that the government should protect each person’s opportunity to pursue their own idea of happiness.

Basic facts

The term ‘American Dream’ was first used by James Truslow Adams in 1931 to explain what had attracted millions of people of all nations to settle in America.

– national ethos of the United States
– set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality)
– opportunity for prosperity and success
– upward social mobility (achieved through hard work)
– rooted in the Declaration of Independence → 4th July 1776, Philadelphia (“all men are equal“)
→ the Declaration of Independence protects the American Dream

Famous examples: Ford Rockefeller, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Origin/ history

– Already the first European settlers and the pilgrim fathers shaped this mentality.
– As a result of the gold rush and the frontier movement many prospectors and settlers headed westwards and bought cheap land.
– After that, mainly European and in middle of the 19. century many Chinese and Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States.
– Nowadays: Fulfillment of the American Dream often by the internet.

The pot-of-gold aspect and the rainbow aspect

pot-of-gold aspect rainbow aspect
= materialistic aspect = spiritual aspect
→ „from rags to riches“ → independence, freedom, living your dream

The American Dream
‘from dishwasher to millionaire’ or ‘from rags to riches’

Definition: The American Dream is the ideal that the government should protect each person’s opportunity to pursue their own idea of happiness.

Basic facts

The term ‘American Dream’ was first used by James Truslow Adams in 1931 to explain what had attracted millions of people of all nations to settle in America.

– national ethos of the United States
– set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality)
– opportunity for prosperity and success
– upward social mobility (achieved through hard work)
– rooted in the Declaration of Independence → 4th July 1776, Philadelphia (“all men are equal“)
→ the Declaration of Independence protects the American Dream

Famous examples: Ford Rockefeller, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Origin/ history

– Already the first European settlers and the pilgrim fathers shaped this mentality.
– As a result of the gold rush and the frontier movement many prospectors and settlers headed westwards and bought cheap land.
– After that, mainly European and in middle of the 19. century many Chinese and Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States.
– Nowadays: Fulfillment of the American Dream often by the internet.

The pot-of-gold aspect and the rainbow aspect

pot-of-gold aspect rainbow aspect
= materialistic aspect = spiritual aspect
→ „from rags to riches“ → independence, freedom, living your dream

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