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Old World Dreams and Promised Land Nightmares in Early 20th Century Jewish-American Immigrant Narratives
Old World Dreams and Promised Land Nightmares in Early 20th Century Jewish-American Immigrant Narratives

Author(s): Brygida Gasztold
Subject(s): Jewish studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: Jews; History; American Dream; Jewish-American Immigrant; Promised Land

Summary/Abstract: The origin of the concept of the American Dream is attributed to James Truslow Adams, whose The Epic of America (1931) was the publication that launched the popularity of the phrase. Adams referred to a dream of a better, happier, and richer life, which should be attainable for all people, and, in his view, America was the place which offers such an opportunity: „That dream of the 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 dream of motor cars and high wages merely, 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 (415).”

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 9
  • Page Range: 105-119
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English