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So what is the American dream As you well know we as a class early this term studied that exact subject We defined it into words such as POWER FREEDOM LIBERTY SUCCESS WEALTH and to be NUMBER ONE The denotative meaning of the American dream is given in the Random House Dictionary 1 The ideals of freedom equality and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American 2 A life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the US The term was first used by James Adams in his book the Epic of America that was written in 1931 He states The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement It is not a merely a dream of motor cars and high wages but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable and be recognized by others for what they are regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position And another quote this time from Werner XI The belief that America should offer equal opportunity to all men is a fundamental part of the American dream Now you know what the American dream is lets look at a poets reflection of the dream James Langston Hughes a black American was born in 1902 in Joplin Missouri Raised by his grandmother until he was thirteen Hughes showed early signs of his desire to explore the world outside of the one in which he had been born Following his high school graduation he spent a year in Mexico traveling and experiencing life and returning to Columbia University to pursue his studies His desire to know more of the world took him to Africa and Europe and
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