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NEW! "American dream" / Arnout van de Rijt. Encyclopedia of social problems, v. 1 : p. 42-44, Vincent N. Parrillo, editor. Los Angeles, CA : Sage, 2008.
Focuses on the immigrant experience.

"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" / 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.

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

NEW! "American dream" / Torben Huus Larsen. Encyclopedia of consumer culture, v. 1 : p. 40-42, Dale Southerton, editor. Los Angeles, CA : Sage, 2011.
Historical overview, including changing interpretations and its portrayal in literature.

NEW! "Social mobility" / Jackie R. Donath. Sociology basics, p. 438-443, Carl L. Bankston III, editor. Pasadina, CA : Salem Press, 2000.
Broader sociological overview.

"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. [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.


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Periodical Articles NEW!

"The American dream and the middle-aged" / Peter Lorenzi. Society, 51(1):2-7, Feb 2014.

"'From the people, by the people, to the people' : the American dream(s) debut" / Demetri Lallas. Journal of American Culture, 37(2):162-171, Jun 2014.

"Greening the American dream" / M. Williamson. Engineering & Technology, 3(20):22-24, Nov 22, 2008.

"The ideology of the American dream : two competing philosophies in education, 1776-2006" / J. M. Beach. Educational Studies, 41(2):148-164, Apr 2007.

"Restoring the American dream : analysis and agenda for change" / Ray Marshall. Work & Occupations, 33(3):257-262, Aug 2006.


End of the Dream

"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.

NEW! "The death of the American dream" / Luke S. H. Wright. Virginia Quarterly Review, 85(4):196-199, Fall 2009.

NEW! "Disruptions of individual and cultural identities : how online stories of job loss and unemployment shift the American dream" / Joshua R. Pederson. Narrative Inquiry, 23(2):302-322, 2013.

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

NEW! "Predatory lending and the devouring of the American dream" / Constance M. Ruzich and A. J. Grant. Journal of American Culture, 32(2):137-145, Jun 2009.

NEW! "Rejecting the American dream" / Eric Magnuson. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 37(3):255-290, Jun 2008.

NEW! "The shadow of the American dream : the clash of class ascension and shame" / Helen Joy Policar. ReVision, 31(1):19-31, Winter 2010.


Ethnic Groups and Immigrants

NEW! "Can the American dream survive the new multiethnic America? : Evidence from Los Angeles" / Mara A. Cohen-Marks and Christopher Stout. Sociological Forum, 26(4):824-845, Dec 2011.

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

NEW! "Living the dream : Barack Obama and Blacks' changing perceptions of the American dream" / Christopher Timothy Stout and Danvy Le. Social Science Quarterly, 93(5, Special Issue):1338-1359, Dec 2012.


Literature and Film

"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.


Religion NEW!

"The impact of the American dream on evangelical ethics" / Wyndy Corbin. Cross Currents, 55(3):340-350, Fall 2005.


Sports NEW!

"Yearning for a past that never was : baseball, steroids, and the anxiety of the American dream" / Ron Von Burg,and Paul E. Johnson. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 26(4):351-371, Oct 2009.


Students and Education

NEW! "'Globals' and the American dream : a survey of student aspirations in an American studies course" / Robert C. Hauhart and Jeff Birkenstein. Perspectives on Global Development & Technology, 12(1/2):355-374, 2013.

NEW! "The ideology of the American dream : two competing philosophies in education, 1776-2006" / J. M. Beach. Educational Studies, 41(2):148-164, Apr 2007.

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


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

Cynicism and the evolution of the American dream / Wilber W. Caldwell. Washington, DC : Potomac Books, Inc, 2006.

The success ethic, education, and the American dream / Joseph L. DeVitis and John Martin Rich. Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, 1996.


Buisness, Economics, and Politics NEW!

China and the American dream : a moral inquiry / Richard Madsen. Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 1995.

European capital, British iron, and an American dream : the story of the Atlantic & Great Western railroad / William Reynolds, Robert D. Ilisevich, and Peter K. Gifford. Akron, OH : University of Akron Press, 2002.

The hidden power of the American dream : why Europe's shaken confidence in the United States threatens the future of U.S. influence / Giovanna Dell'Orto. Westport, CO : Praeger Security International, 2008.

Lincoln's American dream : clashing political perspectives / Joseph R. Fornieri and Kenneth L. Deutsch. Washington, DC : Potomac Books, 2005.

The main street moment : fighting back to save the American dream / Gerald W. McEntee and Lee Saunders. New York, NY : Nation Books, 2012.

The puritan gift : triumph, collapse and revival of an American dream / Kenneth Hopper and William Hopper. London [England] : I.B. Tauris, 2007.

Rebooting the American dream : 11 ways to rebuild our country / Thom Hartmann. San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010.

Restoring the American dream : a working families' agenda for America / Thomas A. Kochan. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, 2005.

The self-made myth : and the truth about how government helps individuals and businesses succeed / Brian Miller and Mike Lapham. San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012.

The successful entrepreneur : American dream done right / Thomas E. Anastasi. Centennial, CO : Glenbridge Pub, 2010.


Ethnic Groups and Immigrants NEW!

The American dream : walking in the shoes of carnies, arms dealers, immigrant dreamers, pot farmers, and Christian believers / Harmon Leon. New York, NY : Nation Books, 2008.

The American dream--for men only? : Gender, immigration, and the assimilation of Israelis in the United States / Lilakh Lev Ari. New York, NY : LFB Scholarly Pub. LLC, 2008.

Black, white, and Huckleberry Finn : re-imagining the American dream / Elaine Mensh and Harry Mensh. Tuscaloosa, AL : University of Alabama Press, 2000.

Economic mobility and cultural assimilation among children of immigrants / Caroline L. Faulkner. El Paso, TX : LFB Scholarly Pub, 2011.

Facing up to the American dream : race, class, and the soul of the nation / Jennifer L. Hochschild. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1995.

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

Living through the hoop : high school basketball, race, and the American dream / Reuben A. Buford May. New York, NY : New York University Press, 2008.

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

Pauline Hopkins and the American dream : an African American writer's (re)visionary gospel of success / Alisha R. Knight. Knoxville, TN : University of Tennessee Press, 2012.

Rolando Hinojosa and the American dream / Joyce Glover Lee. Denton, TX : University of North Texas Press, 1997.

State out of the union : Arizona and the final showdown over the American dream / Jeff Biggers. New York, NY : Nation Books, 2012.

We are Americans : undocumented students pursuing the American dream / William Perez. Sterling, VA : Stylus, 2009.


Lifestyle - Urban, Suburban, Rural NEW!

Intown living : a different American dream / Ann Breenand Dick Rigby. Westport, CT : Praeger, 2004.

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

Sowing the American dream : how consumer culture took root in the rural Midwest / David Blanke. Athens, OH : Ohio University Press, 2000.

Twelve by twelve : a one-room cabin off the grid & beyond the American dream / William Powers. Novato, CA : New World Library, 2010.


Literature, Film, Music, and Media NEW!

The American dream and contemporary Hollywood cinema / J. Emmett Winn. New York, NY : Continuum, 2007.

Black, white, and Huckleberry Finn : re-imagining the American dream / Elaine Mensh and Harry Mensh. Tuscaloosa, AL : University of Alabama Press, 2000.

Bruce Springsteen, cultural studies and the runaway American dream / Kenneth Womack, Mark Bernhard, and J. Jerome Zolten. Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2011.

The frontier experience and the American dream : essays on American literature / David Mogen, Mark Busby, and Paul Bryant. College Station, TX : Texas A&M University Press, 1989.

The other face of public television : censoring the American dream / Roger P. Smith. New York, NY : Algora Pub, 2002.

Pauline Hopkins and the American dream : an African American writer's (re)visionary gospel of success / Alisha R. Knight. Knoxville, TN : University of Tennessee Press, 2012.

Rolando Hinojosa and the American dream / Joyce Glover Lee. Denton, TX : University of North Texas Press, 1997.

West of the American dream : an encounter with Texas / Paul Christensen. College Station, TX : Texas A&M University Press, 2001.

The western : parables of the American dream / Jeffrey M. Wallmann. Lubbock, TX : Texas Tech University Press, 1999.


Long Island NEW!

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


Religion NEW!

The American dream : walking in the shoes of carnies, arms dealers, immigrant dreamers, pot farmers, and Christian believers / Harmon Leon. New York, NY : Nation Books, 2008.

The puritan gift : triumph, collapse and revival of an American dream / Kenneth Hopper and William Hopper. London [England] : I.B. Tauris, 2007.


Social Class NEW!

Ain't no makin' it : aspirations & attainment in a low-income neighborhood / Jay MacLeod. Boulder, CO : Westview Press, 2009.

Analyzing inequality : life chances and social mobility in comparative perspective / Stefan Svallfors. Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, 2005.

Changing classes : stratification and mobility in post-industrial societies / Gøsta Esping-Andersen. London [England] : Sage Publications, 1993.

Citizen wealth : winning the campaign to save working families / Wade Rathke. San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009.

Creating an opportunity society / Ron Haskins and Isabel V. Sawhill. Washington, DC : Brookings Institution Press, 2009.

Dignity for all : how to create a world without rankism / Robert W. Fuller and Pamela A. Gerloff. San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Pub, 2008.

Facing up to the American dream : race, class, and the soul of the nation / Jennifer L. Hochschild. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1995.

Home ownership and social inequality in comparative perspective / Hans-Peter Blossfeldand Karin Kurz. Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press, 2004.

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

Mobilities, knowledge, and social justice / Suzan Ilcan. Montreal [Canada] : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013.

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

Poverty and progress : social mobility in a nineteenth century city / Stephan Thernstrom. Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 1964.

The price of paradise : the costs of inequality and a vision for a more equitable America / David Dante Troutt. New York, NY : New York University Press, 2013.


Sports NEW!

The American dream and the national game / Leverett T. Smith. Madison, WI : The Popular Press, 2004.

Living through the hoop : high school basketball, race, and the American dream / Reuben A. Buford May. New York, NY : New York University Press, 2008.


Students and Education NEW!

The American dream and the public schools / Jennifer L. Hochschild and Nathan B. Scovronick. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2004.

California in a time of excellence : school reform at the crossroads of the American dream / James Andrew LaSpina. Albany, NY : SUNY Press, 2009.

Higher education and the American dream : success and its discontents / Marvin Lazerson. Budapest [Hungary] : Central European University Press, 2010.

Living through the hoop : high school basketball, race, and the American dream / Reuben A. Buford May. New York, NY : New York University Press, 2008.

Producing success : the culture of personal advancement in an American high school / Peter Demerath. Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2009.

The success ethic, education, and the American dream / Joseph L. DeVitis and John Martin Rich. Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, 1996.

We are Americans : undocumented students pursuing the American dream / William Perez. Sterling, VA : Stylus, 2009.


Women NEW!

The American dream--for men only? : Gender, immigration, and the assimilation of Israelis in the United States / Lilakh Lev Ari. New York, NY : LFB Scholarly Pub. LLC, 2008.

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


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