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Article Source: Milken Institute

Reimagining the American Dream

In The Epic of America, his best-selling historical narrative of 1931, James Truslow Adams coined the term, the “American Dream,” conjuring up “a dream of a 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.”

The events of 2020 are a stark reminder that Adams’ quintessentially American ideal has not been fully realized, though it continues to be the aspiration of many dreamers both within and beyond the borders of the United States. An exploration of what it would take to reimagine the American Dream will attempt to identify the essential elements all individuals must possess to thrive and attain their personal American Dreams.

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