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The American dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society in which upward mobility is possible for everyone.
The term "American Dream" was coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931, saying that "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
Achieving the American dream requires political and economic freedom, equality, as well as rules of law and private property rights. The American dream also offers the promise that the circumstances of someone's birth — including whether they were born American citizens or immigrants — do not completely determine their future.
“When we make college more affordable, we make the American Dream more achievable.” — William J. Clinton
“I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country.” — Whoopi Goldberg,
“The American Dream is a phrase we’ll have to wrestle with all our lives. It means a lot of things to different people. I think we’re redefining it now.” – Rita Dove