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The Epic of America [Paperback]

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A beautifully written story of America's historical heritage, by one of the country's greatest historians.

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Pages   433
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.11" Width: 5.97" Height: 1.15"
Weight:   1.43 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Simon Publications
ISBN  1931541337  
ISBN13  9781931541336  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James Truslow Adams (1878-1949) was an American writer and historian known for his writings on New England, and is known for coining the phrase "American Dream." Before becoming a writer Adams served on President Woodrow Wilson's commission in charge of preparing data for the Paris Peace Conference, which signified the end of World War I. His many writings include The Founding of New England (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize), Our Business Civilization, and The March of Democracy.

James Truslow Adams was born in 1878 and died in 1949.

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American Dream  Dec 6, 2003
According to Webster, this book was the first time the term "American dream" was used. At one time the author, Adams, was very popular, seems to have fallen from favor when he took the position that Thomas Jefferson would have been against Roosevelt's New Deal.

Seems to me the full flowering in this country of what Adams saw as the American dream is the Colorado caucus-assembly system, which has been under attack in recent years by the power elite. Next April 13th we Colorado citizens will again have a chance to choose our representatives through a system of neighborhood meetings. If we do not exercise this tool for the common person it will be lost forever.

Thomas Jefferson said that we would need to have a revolution every 20 years; the Colorado caucus-assembly system provides a mechanism for doing just that without bloodshed. For more information see

The Book that Defined "the American Dream"  Sep 26, 2003
Traditionally, we think of the American Dream as owning a home and having a happy family, with some undefined financial success often referred to as "comfortable and high-standard living". The dream aspect of the American Dream, however, connotes a traditional and national vision, despite some of the mundane aspects of the dream as it is often defined. Immigrants in particular have seen America as a promised land, with the dream as an integral part of this vision. On the other hand, some see the American Dream as an unfulfillable vision, especially those whose race, ethnicity or gender the mainstream uses as an excuse for excluding them from dreaming. Others see it as relentlessly competitive and material and ruthless.

For the first time in American history, John Truslow Adams, in this monumental work, The Epic of America (1933) coined the term, the American Dream and defined it as

... that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.... It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but 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.

Adams believed that

the American dream that has lured tens of millions of all nations to our shores in the past century has not been a dream of merely material plenty, though that has doubtless counted heavily. It has been much more than that. It has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as man and woman, unhampered by the barriers which had slowly been erected in older civilizations, unrepressed by social orders which had developed for the benefit of classes than for the simple human being of any and every class. And that dream has been realized more fully in actual life here than anywhere else, though very imperfectly even among ourselves.

Despite the fact that "the American dream" has been often deconstructed and sometimes attacked as the dream of a white and male-centred European culture, this books offers insights as to how the concept of the American dream was born during American history. This book is a must for students of American history and American literature.


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