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by Jim Cullen

Category: Americas
Subcategory: History books
Author: Jim Cullen
ISBN: 0195158210
ISBN13: 978-0195158212
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; First edition (February 6, 2003)
Pages: 224
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In this fascinating short history, Jim Cullen explores the meaning of the American Dream, or rather the several American Dreams that have both reflected and shaped American identity from the Pilgrims to the present.

In this fascinating short history, Jim Cullen explores the meaning of the American Dream, or rather the several American Dreams that have both reflected and shaped American identity from the Pilgrims to the present.

Jim Cullen's The American Dream is a tour de force through the whole of American history, from the Puritans to home ownership and California

Jim Cullen's The American Dream is a tour de force through the whole of American history, from the Puritans to home ownership and California. Cullen daringly takes the notion of the American Dream as a touchstone for a huge swathe of American cultural history, and tracks its complexities, its shifts and conflicts-and unities. Gracefully written, elegantly unified, respectful toward disparate ideas, never indulgent of scholastic gobbledygook, the book has all the strength of its simplifications. A marvelous achievement. -Todd Gitlin, Columbia University.

In this fascinating short history, Jim Cullen explores the meaning of the American Dream, or rather the . Adams, author of a series of popular books on American history-think of him as the David McCullough or Ken Burns of the 1930s-was seeking to broaden his literary horizons.

In this fascinating short history, Jim Cullen explores the meaning of the American Dream, or rather the several American Dreams that have both reflected and shaped American identity from "The American Dream" is one of the most familiar and resonant phrases in our national lexicon.

In this fascinating short history, Jim Cullen explores the meaning of the American Dream, or rather the several American Dreams that have both reflected and shaped American identity from "The American Dream" is one of the most familiar and resonant phrases in our national lexicon, so familiar that we seldom pause to ask its origin, its history, or what it actually means. In this fascinating short history, Jim Cullen explores the meaning of the American Dream, or rather the several American Dreams that have both reflected and shaped American identity from the Pilgrims to the present.

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Author Jim Cullen draws a historical picture of the phrase "American Dream" by examining its different meanings under each history period from Pilgrim to present. The American Dream" is one of the most familiar and resonant phrases in our national lexicon, so familiar that we. Bibliografia recomanada de l'assignatura 21818 Cultural Insights into the English-Speaking World II. Gatsby in Real Life: Nonfiction on the Themes of Gatsby. The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation.

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"The American Dream" is one of the most familiar and resonant phrases in our national lexicon, so familiar that we seldom pause to ask its origin, its history, or what it actually means. In this fascinating short history, Jim Cullen explores the meaning of the American Dream, or rather the several American Dreams that have both reflected and shaped American identity from the Pilgrims to the present. Cullen begins by noting that the United States, unlike most other nations, defines itself not on the facts of blood, religion, language, geography, or shared history, but on a set of ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence and consolidated in the Constitution. At the core of these ideals lies the ambiguous but galvanizing concept of the American Dream, a concept that for better and worse has proven to be amazingly elastic and durable for hundreds of years and across racial, class, and other demographic lines. Cullen then traces a series of overlapping American dreams: the quest for of religious freedom that brought the Pilgrims to the "New World"; the political freedom promised in the Declaration; the dream of upward mobility, embodied most fully in the figure of Abraham Lincoln; the dream of home ownership, from homestead to suburb; the intensely idealistic--and largely unrealized--dream of equality articulated most vividly by Martin Luther King, Jr. The version of the American Dream that dominates our own time--what Cullen calls "the Dream of the Coast"--is one of personal fulfillment, of fame and fortune all the more alluring if achieved without obvious effort, which finds its most insidious expression in the culture of Hollywood. For anyone seeking to understand a shifting but central idea in American history, The American Dream is an interpretive tour de force.
Comments to eBook The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation
Balladolbine
A short and very interesting read. I found many thought provoking and profound insights in this short book that explores the various ways in which Americans have defined the "American Dream" over several centuries. Also a good reminder that we are still defining and pursuing that dream, but getting it right requires work and attention by all.
Hra
I was hoping to use this as a reading text for my college-level ESL classes, but it's too obscure for that. But for me, it was interesting.
Jay
Great text for exploring the concept of the American Dream.
Celace
This is an intellectual history of an important idea in American life. Cullen is a fine historian whose love for the subject matter shines forth on each page.
Gravelblade
Came as review stated.
Uris
This is a timely addition to my collection. It's an informative, insightful and accessible companion to contemporary discussions of the current state of the collective American experience.
Ceroelyu
Great read, very informative. It lives up to it's title.
It is a very interesting book that's holds many facts that most Americans should be aware of.
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