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A Teacher's Reach: A Vietnamese-American Writer Remembers His First Teacher

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Andrew Lam

The man who stood at the entrance to my New World was my first English teacher, Ernie Kaeselau. He passed away recently, and though I hadn't seen him in decades, the news of his demise left me unexpectedly bereft.

Romney Hood, Obama Hood - How About The Middle Hood!

Nick Bassill | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Nick Bassill

Here are Six Policy Initiatives proposed by LaunchAmerica.org to the help the Middle Hood. Have some more?

Is Education a Silver Bullet for Fixing the Economy?

Richard Kirsch | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Richard Kirsch

Is the president's assertion that the path to the American Dream in the new global economy depends on providing every child with a good education true?

Success: Another Definitional Problem

Job Creators Network | Posted 10.02.2012 | Business
Job Creators Network

To indicate a collectivist achievement in personal accomplishment diminishes the individual and the efforts expended and, more importantly, the risks taken.

The Betrayal of the American Dream: Award-winning Reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele on What Went Wrong

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Democracy Now!

As Republicans and Democrats continue disputing who should bear the brunt of the tax burden, Barlett and Steele argue that America's middle class has been decimated over the years due to policies governing not only taxes but also bank regulations, trade deficits and pension funds.

America the Possible: A Manifesto for Our Children

Jay Walljasper | Posted 09.25.2012 | Green
Jay Walljasper

In America the Possible: A Manifesto, environmental strategist and scholar Gus Speth crafts a practical agenda for the future of the American Dream that brims with optimism, decency and common sense.

‘Why I'm Moving to Ecuador to Pursue the American Dream'

LearnVest | Gabrielle Karol | Posted 09.25.2012 | Money

What does the "American Dream" mean to you? For most people, it means if you work hard, you can raise a beautiful family, own a comfortable home, s...

America's Incomplete Thoughts About Inequality and Meritocracy

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

For the sake of America's future, I hope that America will reawaken its passion for equality of opportunity and that those who express support for this equality are not simply speaking empty words.

'Queen Of Versailles' Shows How The .001% Live

The Hairpin | Posted 07.24.2012 | Women

Ten kitchens. A bowling alley. A health spa. A full-sized baseball field. A separate wing for the children. Something that could logically be referred...

Stop Demonizing the Wealthy

Kathy Kemper | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Kathy Kemper

The America I'm proud of rewards education, ambition, and work. Why should someone be embarrassed about making a seven-figure salary?

The American Myth of Social Mobility

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

Regardless of political philosophy, few would argue that a society with little social mobility is a good thing. Societies in which there is little opportunity for social mobility will lack incentives for people to strive.

Bobby Ewing: An American Dream

Greg Hogben | Posted 09.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Greg Hogben

My love of American men didn't stop there. I wanted to go on wild adventures in the General Lee with Bo and Luke Duke, causing mischief and havoc all over Hazard County. I wanted to chase down criminals on motorbikes with the boys from CHiPs.

Mobilizing Millennials

Maya Enista Smith | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact
Maya Enista Smith

As a first-generation American, I am proud to live in the greatest country on earth, and proud to be a member of a generation that believes we can be even greater -- for my son, and for all members of America's next generation.

WATCH: What It Means For Craig Newmark To Be American

Posted 07.06.2012 | Latino Voices

In honor of Independence Day, LatinoVoices and Define American bring you personal stories from all walks of life on what it means to be American. C...

WATCH: What It Means For Stephen Colbert To Be American

Posted 07.05.2012 | Latino Voices

In honor of Independence Day, LatinoVoices and Define American bring you personal stories from all walks of life on what it means to be American. S...

Tired of Chest-Thumping Patriotism

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

We are indeed an exceptional country, and we should celebrate that. But patriotism also means calling our nation out for its problems and troubles. Here are my top four patriotic criticisms of Americans that I wish a politician would articulate.

Jammed Together in Real World, We Create Room in Cyberspace

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.02.2012 | Home
Andrew Lam

All over the world the rural poor leave open sky and rolling plains to flock to the edge of the metropolis and the middle class is clinging to its precious status in the heart of cities by contending with far smaller living spaces than those of previous generations.

Patriotic Necessity Leads to American Invention: A Fourth of July Reflection

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 09.02.2012 | Home
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

And the necessity of taming the American wilderness bred a rugged American pioneering spirit that even today remains the envy of the world.

An Equal Opportunity for the American Dream?

Bradford Frost | Posted 07.03.2012 | Detroit
Bradford Frost

The American Dream remains elusive to generations of children born on the wrong side of the tracks, where geography, more than individual choice, is destiny. The core tenets of the nation are wobbling, and nowhere is this more true than in Detroit.

America's Real Birthday: A New Convention for Constitution Day

Dan Ross | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Dan Ross

For over two centuries America has been lying about her age to make herself older than she really is. If she were honest, she would have to admit that her actual birthday fell on September 17, 1787.

Why the Future Will Be American

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Rob Asghar

Americans may slow their own path if political dysfunction continues. But with even a little adjustment, a resilient, forward-thinking and forward-moving economy will result.

WATCH: What It Means For Russell Simmons To Be American

Posted 07.16.2012 | Latino Voices

In honor of Independence Day, LatinoVoices and Define American bring you personal stories from all walks of life on what it means to be American. H...

Jon Meacham's American Dream

Robert Teitelman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Media
Robert Teitelman

Those who know something will never read it, or scoff if they do. Those who don't know or care about American history will never read it unless they're stuck in a dentist's office with a broken TV. Who does that leave?

WATCH: What It Means For Demian Bichir To Be American

Posted 07.02.2012 | Latino Voices

In honor of Independence Day, LatinoVoices and Define American bring you personal stories from all walks of life on what it means to be American. M...

WATCH: What It Means For Bob Menendez To Be American

Posted 07.01.2012 | Latino Voices

In honor of Independence Day, LatinoVoices and Define American bring you personal stories from all walks of life on what it means to be American. S...