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American Dream

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...

Is the American Dream Dead? Not if We Have Something to Say About It!

Nick Bassill | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Nick Bassill

Our young people and college grads need the inspiration and a renewed hope that they too have a chance that at the grass roots level, each has the opportunity to create a better life, to dream, and the possibility to create their financial freedom.

What Do You Do? Identity vs. Work, East vs. West

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

A while back, when I was visiting my mother's ancestral village in Thai Binh province in northern Vietnam, it occurred to me that, after a barrage of questions from distant relatives, not once did anyone ask that common question in America: "So, what do you do?"

The Road to Nowhere

Kevin Jennings | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Kevin Jennings

I remember graduating from high school in 1981. There was this sense of possibility, of beginning, of hope, a belief that my future was bright and limitless. Recent high school graduates in the U.S. face a far bleaker landscape.

The Unamerican States of America

Imren Johar | Posted 08.18.2012 | Teen
Imren Johar

Our history is riddled with glaring inconsistencies as our actions fail to reflect the supposed "American spirit."

This Generation Has Suffered Massive Loss Of Wealth

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 06.20.2012 | Money

The generation known for bringing the world grunge, 'zines and slackers is, apparently, slacking. Those born between 1966 and 1975, belonging to Ge...

Will We Have Another?

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

In spite of legitimate concerns about where the country stands now, we are unequivocal in the opinion that it is still the best country standing. There are opportunities for improvement, but the nation is rebuilding itself from a position of strength rather than one of weakness.

Needed: A Better Story for America

Terry Newell | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

If leading is meaning-making, those who aspire to leadership have work to do. We need a story that helps us make sense of the realities we face, calls upon core values that bind us together, engages our best efforts and our collective sacrifice.

Endless Cycle of Inequality

Han Bin Lee | Posted 07.11.2012 | Teen
Han Bin Lee

As an immigrant, I remember the intense discrimination faced by non-white individuals after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Clouds of fear, hatred and injustice overshadowed the U.S.

Vampires, Werewolves, Fairy Tales & Succubi

Miller Hudson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Denver
Miller Hudson

Recent TV programming and box office blockbusters show a land office business underway in fantasy. There has to be some correspondence between the tenor of 21st century American life and this public fascination with entirely fictional worlds.

The Nation that Always Perseveres

Brooks Henne | Posted 08.06.2012 | Teen
Brooks Henne

Americans have had to face tumultuous times throughout the history of their country. But Americans have overcome each of these struggles, despite how difficult they may have been.


Stephen Bushey | Posted 08.05.2012 | Teen
Stephen Bushey

Though some may say that Americans are faced with limited opportunity set by social and economic barriers, Americans have and always will share the experience of limitless opportunity.

The Country of Successful Failures

Marilyn Yang | Posted 08.04.2012 | Teen
Marilyn Yang

In America, success isn't necessarily acquiring an initial goal. Oftentimes, success does not even appear to be success; failure is sometimes the catalyst of success or even success itself.

Breakfast With Elizabeth Warren, a Teacher

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

We need more teachers -- not just in the classroom, but in Congress.

What Happened to the Chamber I Once Knew?

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Money like that gives the chamber real power, but I believe the American Dream is more powerful. I think most voters will see that real jobs, real growth, and real innovation will do more for their communities than the chamber's obstruction.

Mitt Romney: Gordon Gekko or Thurston Howell?

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

How revealing was his recent Liberty University commencement speech, in which he describes the dreams and challenges we all face as "ambitions fulfilled, ambitions disappointed ... investments won, investments lost ... elections won, elections lost."

Why Amateurs Reach The Top In America

Debra Ollivier | Posted 07.30.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

In Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, author Jack Hitt contends that the Golden Age of American amateurism is far from over. On the contrary, the amateur's dream is the American dream.

The Don't-Defer-Your-Life Approach to Financial Planning

Irvin G. Schorsch III | Posted 07.24.2012 | Money
Irvin G. Schorsch III

Too many people postpone what they really want to do until an undefined time in the future when they feel they can finally afford it. But what if "someday" never comes?