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The American Dream

This Is 57: I Am Still Searching

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

At 57, you finally understand that old saying, you can't please all of the people all of the time. And you realize if you are pleasing everyone, you are doing something seriously wrong.

Unions 2.0? AFL-CIO's Trumka on Austerity, Labor's Progressive Roots and Elizabeth Warren

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The labor movement will need to transform itself to meet the changing circumstances the twenty-first century. Its future will depend on the imagination and accessibility of its current leaders, as well as its ability to develop the leaders of the future.

Welcome to America -- Enter at Your Own Risk

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

For many students from Asia, America represents opportunities of the highest order. In America they hope to become filmmakers, businesswomen, high-tech firm owner, engineers. They are rarely ever prepared for the violence, for the milk and honey to go sour.

Field Trip to the American Dream

Andrew Cotto | Posted 06.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Andrew Cotto

In the end, I believe, we learn that the American Dream is far more complicated than most people imagine and that, often, it is defined by the courage of individuals who are not officially American.

The Secret To Really Achieving The 'American Dream'

Blake Kernen | Posted 04.27.2014 | Teen
Blake Kernen

In case you're in need of a little more evidence that The American Dream is alive and well, here's this.

Why I Still Believe In Santa Claus

Blake Kernen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Teen
Blake Kernen

My younger brother found out that those presents under the tree don't come from Santa's workshop; they come from the mall. Shock, disbelief and disappointment quickly set in.

'My Parents Gave Up Everything For Me'

| Posted 10.09.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...

10 Striking Photos Will Make You Reconsider The Reality Of The American Dream

Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts

In theory, all Americans have the opportunity for happiness and prosperity no matter who they are or where they come from. According to the age old Am...

4 Days in America

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 11.19.2013 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

Like Joe Friday, I'm just stating the facts. The things I've seen and heard in America. It's little wonder the middle class feels it can't get ahead.

It's Not About the Money

Blake Kernen | Posted 09.08.2013 | Teen
Blake Kernen

Entrepreneurialism is alive and well where I live. July in New Jersey isn't known for its comfortable summer days -- instead we've got heat, humidity and triple digit temperatures with no end in sight. This is welcome weather for the hundreds of entrepreneurs.

American Dream Consistent Across Ethnic Groups, Survey Reveals

Posted 06.06.2013 | Black Voices

Despite America's myriad beliefs and customs, one, the proverbial American Dream, seems to maintain its significance across cultural lines, Better Hom...

Empathy, Gatsby, and the Great American Tragedy

John Paul Rollert | Posted 07.16.2013 | Books
John Paul Rollert

Hollywood adaptations of great novels tend to unnerve devoted readers. The effort seems hubristic and slightly profane, akin to painting a second Sistine Chapel or adding a chorus to King Lear. Perfection, by definition, can't be improved upon, and it seems suspect even to try.

The Sunshine State

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 05.25.2013 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

We're all immigrants in the sunshine state, coming from somewhere else to find a better dream. One that just may come true.

Policy Priorities: Where Is the American Dream?

Gary Flowers | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Gary Flowers

Too few Americans have profited too much, at the expense of too many in the last 60 years. Tax policy has permitted "American" corporations to virtually pay no taxes while exporting jobs to low-paying countries around the world.

The Education of a Vietnamese American Writer

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

Finding and following my passion and path in life is a bit like that. Scary. Delightful. A struggle, to be sure. But once I dove into that pool, I took to the water. And I kept on swimming.

Never Enough

Peter Mehlman | Posted 03.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Mehlman

Somehow, after 236 years under spacious skies, we've reached a place where having it all only accents what we lack. The shortfalls of our lives glint in the corner of our eyes and rather than look away, we sit and discount our blessings.

Restoring Our American Dream

Michael Farr | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

Elections are over, politicians continue to bicker, and Greece insists on furthering their already impressive implosion. Thanksgiving may help if it can bring to mind those seminal American values that are the foundation and bedrock of our country.

Is the American Dream Still Worth It?

Toni Emerson | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Toni Emerson

I'd like us to ask ourselves if our quality of life and our level of fulfillment are as good as we had hoped it would be, or if instead we are letting ourselves be ruled by greed vs. goodness and compassion toward others.

Memorial Day in the Rearview Mirror

Mike Feder | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Mike Feder

At cyber-speed, Memorial Day 2012, is fast slipping into history. But there are important things to note about this national day of remembrance... Th...

Making The Suburbs Sexy

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.03.2012 | Home

By Vanessa Quirk Click here for original article. The Living Market, a plan to redevelop vacant land to create a Marketplace of community space,...

American Dream 2.0: A Silicon Valley Entrepreneur's Take on Hope

Jonathan Chin | Posted 06.19.2012 | Chicago
Jonathan Chin

It took me getting invited to Chicago and imagining my grandfather coming there to reexamine the concept of the American dream. These tough economic times have driven many people to forget or even to mock it.

Our Newest Emigrants

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.17.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

While I am sometimes frustrated by some of the recent political and social twists, turns and detours the American Dream has taken, I still consider America to be the greatest country in the world.

Remembering MLK: Standing Up to the Dream Killers

Van Jones | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Van Jones

Today, April 4th, 2012, marks the 44th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. It's a good time to reflect on the state of not only Dr. King's dream, but the American dream at large.

Strategically Building a Personal Network

Chelsea Carmona | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business
Chelsea Carmona

Growing up in a generation where having 600 Facebook "friends" didn't mean you got a phone call on a Friday night, I originally felt that Facebook was not the best networking option for me, particularly concerning my job search.

Five Facts About Social Mobility

Delia Lloyd | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Delia Lloyd

What a bummer to discover that this great national mythology that's sustained us for so many generations may no longer be true. A spate of recent studies suggests that Americans are no longer upwardly mobile.