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The American dream : a short history of an idea that shaped a nation, Jim Cullen

Label
The American dream : a short history of an idea that shaped a nation
Title
The American dream
Title remainder
a short history of an idea that shaped a nation
Statement of responsibility
Jim Cullen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cullen, Jim
Dewey number
973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.1
LC item number
.C837 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • National characteristics, American
  • Social values
  • American Dream
  • HISTORY
  • American Dream
  • Civilization
  • National characteristics, American
  • Politics and government
  • Social values
  • United States
Label
The American dream : a short history of an idea that shaped a nation, Jim Cullen
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A dream country -- Dream of the good life (I) : the Puritan enterprise -- Dream charter : The Declaration of Independence -- Dream of the good life (II) : upward mobility -- King of America : the dream of equality -- Detached houses : the dream of home ownership -- Dream of the good life (III) : the coast -- Conclusion: Extending the dream
Control code
58992800
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 214 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780198035923
Lccn
2002072340
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
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8d8354e4-32a3-4e55-94b2-6c2275d8d951
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not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)58992800
Label
The American dream : a short history of an idea that shaped a nation, Jim Cullen
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A dream country -- Dream of the good life (I) : the Puritan enterprise -- Dream charter : The Declaration of Independence -- Dream of the good life (II) : upward mobility -- King of America : the dream of equality -- Detached houses : the dream of home ownership -- Dream of the good life (III) : the coast -- Conclusion: Extending the dream
Control code
58992800
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 214 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780198035923
Lccn
2002072340
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
8d8354e4-32a3-4e55-94b2-6c2275d8d951
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)58992800

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