The American Dream is the freedom that allows all citizens and most residents of the United States to pursue their goals in life through hard work and free choice.
Historian and writer James Truslow Adams first coined the phrase “American Dream” in his 1931 book “Epic of America”:
“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”