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"American Dream". International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, v.1 : p.96-97, William A. Darity, Jr., editor. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008.
Defines the American Dream with an emphasis on its relationship to "home ownership and mortgage credit".

"American dream" / Michael Kronenwetter. Encyclopedia of modern American social issues, p. 24. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 1997. [Reference HN57.K73 1997]
Definition of the American dream which acknowledges that it is hard to define.

"American dream" / Lynda G. Adamson. Thematic guide to the American novel, p. 21-27. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002. [Reference PS373 .A33 2002]
Discusses the American dream and how it has been portrayed in literature with detailed looks at The Great Gatsby, Ragtime, and The Rise of David Levinsky.

"American dream" / Robert E. Weir. Class in America : an encyclopedia, v. 1 : p. 23-25, Robert E. Weir, editor. Westport CT : Greenwood Press, 2007. [Reference HN90.S6 C564 2007 v.1]
Discusses how the idea has changed over time and how different groups have exploited it. (See the index in volume 3 for additional references.)

"American dream ideology" / Sandra L. Barnes. Encyclopedia of racism in the United States, v. 1 : p. 21-22, Pyong Gap Min, editor. Westport CT : Greenwood Press, 2005. [Reference E184.A1E773 2005 v.1]
Defines the American dream and discusses the attitudes behind it.

"Social mobility" / Christopher Lasch. A companion to American thought, p. 632-634, Richard Wightman Fox and James T. Kloppenberg, editors. Oxford, U.K. ; Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1995. [Reference E169.1.C685 1995]
Argues that changing conditions have redefined the American dream away from economic prosperity to upward mobility.

"Success" / Susan Schulten. Encyclopedia of American cultural and intellectual history, v. 3 : p. 3-10, Mary Kupiec Cayton and Peter W. Williams, editors. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, c2001. [Reference E169.1.E624 2001 OVSZ]
Detailed history of how the philosophy of success has evolved over time, ending with the modern concept of the American dream.

"Success and the Self-Made Man" / Hannu Salmi. The Columbia Companion to American History on Film: How the Movies Have Portrayed the American Past, p. 596-602, Peter C. Rollins, editor. New York : Columbia University Press, 2003. [Reference PN1995.9.U64 C65 2003]
Discusses the "myth of success" from Horatio Alger stories of the 19th century through to its portrayal in films from the 1910s-1990s, including the role that the media plays in it.


Periodical Articles

"Fantasy politics: is it time to awaken from the American dream?" / Christopher Caldwell. New York Times Magazine, p.19-20, Nov 7, 2010. (Text only link)

"The anxious society: middle-class insecurity and the crisis of the American dream" / Charles J. Whalen. The Humanist, 56(5):18(2), Sept-Oct 1996.

"Social mobility and the American dream: what do college students believe?" / Deborah A. Abowitz. College Student Journal, 39(4):716(13), Dec 2005.

"F. Scott Fitzgerald's evolving American dream: the 'pursuit of happiness' in Gatsby, Tender is the Night, and The Last Tycoon" / John F. Callahan. Twentieth Century Literature, 42(3):374(22), Fall 1996.

"Film noir and the American dream: the dark side of enlightenment" / Ken Hillis. Velvet Light Trap, 55:3(16), Spring 2005.

"Frank Capra's 1920s immigrant trilogy: immigration, assimilation, and the American dream" / Jonathan J. Cavallero. Melus, 29(2):27(27), Summer 2004.

"Scarface, The Great Gatsby, and the American dream" / Marilyn Roberts. Literature-Film Quarterly, 34(1):71(8), Jan 2006.

"The Sopranos and the American dream" / Maurice Yacowar. Queen's Quarterly, 112(3):382(12), Fall 2005.


Book Chapters

"The American dream" / Martin Luther King, Jr. A knock at midnight : inspiration from the great sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. / edited by Clayborne Carson & Peter Holloran. New York : Intellectual Properties Management in association with Warner Books, c1998. [BV4241.5 .K56 1998]

"The American dream : myth or reality" / Stephen J. McNamee and Robert K. Miller, Jr. The meritocracy myth. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2004. [HN90.S65 M35 2004]

"Arthur Miller's Death of a salesman and the American dream" / William Heyen. Arthur Miller's Death of a salesman, edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom. New York : Chelsea House Publishers, 1988. [PS3525.I5156 D433 1988]

"Democratic education and the American dream" / Jennifer Hochschild and Nathan Scovronick. Education for democracy : contexts, curricula, assessments, edited by Walter C. Parker. Greenwich, Conn. : Information Age Pub., c2002. [LC1091 .E3845 2002]

"Diagnosing the American dream" / M.W. Fishwick. American character and culture; some twentieth century perspectives, edited by John A. Hague. [DeLand? Fla., 1964] [E169.1 .H138]

"The dying American dream and the snake oil of scapegoating" / Holly Sklar. Eyes right! : challenging the right wing backlash, edited by Chip Berlet. Boston, Mass. : South End Press, c1995. [JC573.2.U6 E93 1995]

"The end of the American dream" / Robert Z. Lawrence. Single world, divided nations? : international trade and OECD labor markets, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Development Centre [Washington, D.C.] : Brookings Institution ; Paris : OECD Development Centre, c1996. [HD5710.7 .L393 1996]

"Is the American dream over?" / Roger E. Meiners and Roger LeRoy Miller. Gridlock in government : how to break the stagnation of America. Washington, D.C. : Free Congress Foundation, 1992. [JK1140 .M45 1992]

"Social mobility, free labor, and the American dream" / Clayne Pope. Terms of labor : slavery, serfdom, and free labor, edited by Stanley L. Engerman. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1999. [HD4861 .T47 1999]

"The word 'American' ends in 'I can' : the ambiguous promise of the American dream" / Jennifer L. Hochschild. Redefining equality, edited by Neal Devins & Davison M. Douglas. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998. [JC575 .R43 1998]


Books - General

The American dream : a short history of an idea that shaped a nation / Jim Cullen. Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003. [E169.1 .C837 2003]

The American dream and the public schools / Jennifer L. Hochschild and Nathan Scovronick. New York : Oxford University Press, 2003. [LC89 .H63 2003]

The American dream in the information age / Otto Newman and Richard De Zoysa. Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1999.

The American dream vs. the gospel of wealth : the fight for a productive middle-class economy / Norton Garfinkle. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2006.

Beyond the American dream : lifelong learning and the search for meaning in a postmodern world / Charles D. Hayes. Wasilla, AK : Autodidactic Press, c1998. [LC32 .H385 1998]

Brought to you by : postwar television advertising and the American dream / Lawrence R. Samuel. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001.

Diners, bowling alleys and trailer parks : chasing the American dream in the postwar consumer culture / Andrew Hurley. New York : Basic Books, c2001. [HC110.C6 H87 2001]

Financing the American dream : a cultural history of consumer credit / Lendol Glen Calder. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1999.

Inclusion in the American dream : assets, poverty, and public policy / Michael W. Sherraden, editor. New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.

James Truslow Adams: historian of the American dream / Allan Nevins. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1968. [E175.5.A25 N4]

Lincoln and the economics of the American dream / G. S. Boritt. [Memphis, Tenn.] : Memphis State University Press, c1978. [E457.2 .B7]

Looking for God in the suburbs : the religion of the American dream and its critics, 1945-1965 / James Hudnut-Beumler. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1994. [BR526 .H83 1994]

The option of urbanism : investing in a new American dream / Christopher B. Leinberger. Washington, DC : Island Press, 2008.

Owning up : poverty, assets, and the American dream / Michelle Miller-Adams. Washington, DC : Brookings Institution Press, 2002.

Poor Richard's principle : recovering the American dream through the moral dimension of work, business, and money / Robert Wuthnow. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1996. [HN90.M6 W87 1996]

The Puritan gift : triumph, collapse and revival of an American dream / Kenneth Hopper. London : I. B. Tauris, 2007.

Pursuing the American dream : opportunity and exclusion over four centuries / Cal Jillson. Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2004. [E183 .J55 2004]

Reclaiming the American dream / Richard C. Cornuelle. New York : Random House, [1965]. [HN65 .C65]

Restoring the American dream / Robert J. Ringer. [s.l.] : QED ; New York : distributed by Harper & Row, c1979. [HC106.7 .R44]

Restoring the American Dream : a working families' agenda for America / Thomas A. Kochan. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2005. [HD4904.25 .K634 2005]

Reviving the American dream : the economy, the states, and the federal government / Alice Rivlin. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, c1992. [HJ3258.A2 R57 1992]

Spreading the American dream : American economic and cultural expansion, 1890-1945 / Emily S. Rosenberg ; Eric Foner, consulting editor. New York : Hill and Wang, 1982. [E744 .R82 1982]

The success ethic, education, and the American dream / Joseph L. DeVitis and John Martin Rich Albany : State University of New York Press, c1996.

Unsung heroines : single mothers and the American dream / Ruth Sidel. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2006.


Books - Arts and Literature

"American dream" / Lynda G. Adamson. Thematic guide to the American novel, p. 21-27. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002. [Reference PS373 .A33 2002]
Discusses the American dream and how it has been portrayed in literature with detailed looks at The Great Gatsby, Ragtime, and The Rise of David Levinsky.

American dream, American nightmare : fiction since 1960 / Kathryn Hume. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2000. [PS374.F24 H86 2000]

The American dream and the popular novel / Elizabeth Long. Boston : Routledge & K. Paul, c1985. [PS374.B45 L65 1985]

"Arthur Miller's Death of a salesman and the American dream" / William Heyen. Arthur Miller's Death of a salesman, edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom. New York : Chelsea House Publishers, 1988. [PS3525.I5156 D433 1988]

F. Scott Fitzgerald and the American dream, / William A. Fahey. New York : Crowell, [1973] [PS3511.I9 Z616]

From rags to riches; Horatio Alger, Jr. and the American dream / John William Tebbel. New York : Macmillan, [c1963] [PS1029.A3 Z85]

The Frontier experience and the American dream : essays on American literature / edited by David Mogen, Mark Busby, and Paul Bryant. College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c1989. [PS169.F7 F76 1989]

Mythmakers of the American dream : the nostalgic vision in popular culture / Wiley Lee Umphlett. Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; New York : Cornwall Books, c1983. [E169.1 .U52 1983 OVSZ]

Psychological politics of the American dream : the commodification of subjectivity in twentieth-century American literature / Lois Tyson. Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c1994. [PS228.P6 T97 1994]

Redefining the American dream : the novels of Willa Cather / Sally Peltier Harvey. Rutherford, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University ; London : Associated University Presses, c1995. [PS3505.A87 Z66 1995]


Books - End of the Dream

The American dream : can it survive the 21st century? / Joseph L. Daleiden. Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1999. [HN50 .D33 1999]

Awakening from the American dream : the social and political limits to growth / Rufus E. Miles, Jr. New York : Universe Books, 1976. [HN59 .M528]

Bait and switch : the (futile) pursuit of the American dream / Barbara Ehrenreich. New York : Metropolitan Books, 2005. [HD5708.55.U6 E47 2005]

The career mystique : cracks in the American dream / Phyllis Moen and Patricia Roehling. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2005. [HD4904.25 .M638 2005]

Crisis of the American dream; a history of American social thought, 1920-1940 / compiled by John Tipple. New York, Pegasus [1968] [HN64 .T56]

Declining fortunes : the withering of the American dream / Katherine S. Newman. New York : BasicBooks, c1993. [HN90.S6 N47 1993]

Defining America; a Christian critique of the American dream, / Robert Benne and Philip Hefner. Philadelphia : Fortress Press, [1974] [BR526 .B44]

"The dying American dream and the snake oil of scapegoating" / Holly Sklar. Eyes right! : challenging the right wing backlash, edited by Chip Berlet. Boston, Mass. : South End Press, c1995. [JC573.2.U6 E93 1995]

"The end of the American dream" / Robert Z. Lawrence. Single world, divided nations? : international trade and OECD labor markets, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Development Centre [Washington, D.C.] : Brookings Institution ; Paris : OECD Development Centre, c1996. [HD5710.7 .L393 1996]

The endangered American dream : how to stop the United States from becoming a Third World country and how to win the geo-economic struggle for industrial supremacy / Edward N. Luttwak. New York : Simon & Schuster, c1993. [HF1455 .L88 1993]

The failures of integration : how race and class are undermining the American dream / Sheryll Cashin. New York : Public Affairs, c2004. [HN90.S6 C37 2004]

The Great Divide : second thoughts on the American dream / Studs Terkel. New York : Pantheon Books, c1988. [E839 .T47 1988]

Horatio Alger, farewell : the end of the American Dream / Celeste MacLeod. New York : Seaview Books, c1980. [HN90.S65 M32]

Illusions of opportunity : the American dream in question / John E. Schwarz. New York : W.W. Norton, c1997. [HD8072.5 .S39 1997]

"Is the American dream over?" / Roger E. Meiners and Roger LeRoy Miller. Gridlock in government : how to break the stagnation of America. Washington, D.C. : Free Congress Foundation, 1992. [JK1140 .M45 1992]

Looking for God in the suburbs : the religion of the American dream and its critics, 1945-1965 / James Hudnut-Beumler. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1994. [BR526 .H83 1994]

Plenty of nothing : the downsizing of the American dream and the case for structural Keynesianism / Thomas I. Palley. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1998. [HC106.8 .P345 1998]

The Puritan gift : triumph, collapse and revival of an American dream / Kenneth Hopper. London : I. B. Tauris, 2007.

Second-rate nation : from the American dream to the American myth / Sam D. Sieber. Boulder, CO : Paradigm Publishers, c2005. [HN60 .S54 2005]

Tony Soprano's America : the criminal side of the American dream / David R. Simon with Tamar Love. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2002. [HN59.2 .S576 2002]


Books - Ethnic Groups

"American dream ideology" / Sandra L. Barnes. Encyclopedia of racism in the United States, v. 1 : p. 21-22, edited by Pyong Gap Min. Westport CT : Greenwood Press, 2005. [Reference E184.A1E773 2005 v.1]
Defines the American dream and discusses the attitudes behind it.

The Black man and the American dream; Negro aspirations in America, 1900-1930 / edited with an introduction by June Sochen. Chicago, Quadrangle Books, 1971. [E185.5 .S65 1971]

Bread and roses : mills, migrants, and the struggle for the American dream / Bruce Watson. New York : Viking, c2005. [HD5325.T4 1912 B73 2005]

"The dying American dream and the snake oil of scapegoating" / Holly Sklar. Eyes right! : challenging the right wing backlash, edited by Chip Berlet. Boston, Mass. : South End Press, c1995. [JC573.2.U6 E93 1995]

Facing up to the American dream : race, class, and the soul of the nation / Jennifer L. Hochschild. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1995. [E185.615 .H55 1995]

The failures of integration : how race and class are undermining the American dream / Sheryll Cashin. New York : Public Affairs, c2004. [HN90.S6 C37 2004]

Inventing Great Neck : Jewish identity and the American dream / Judith S. Goldstein. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 2006.

Nativism and immigration : regulating the American dream / Brian N. Fry. New York : LFB Scholarly Pub., 2007.

New converts to the American dream? Mobility aspirations of young Mexican Americans, / Celia S. Heller. New Haven, Conn., College & University Press [c1971] [E184.M5 H38]

Pursuing the American dream : white ethnics and the new populism / Richard Krickus. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1976. [E184.A1 K79 1976b]

Remembering the American dream : Hispanic immigration and national policy / Roberto Suro. Twentieth Century Fund New York : Twentieth Century Fund Press, 1994. [E184.S75 S85 1994]

The unbridgeable gap; Blacks and their quest for the American dream, 1900-1930 / June Sochen. Chicago : Rand McNally, [1972] [E185.61 .S662]



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