The American Dream, however that is defined by each individual grasping for it, is a nebulous creature always seductively luring the lower classes (as the upper classes have supposedly reached the finish line) to its bosom often to find out that a wet nurse is needed. David Kamp in the new issue of Vanity Fair discusses this illusive creature and the many years of discourse surrounding how this American concept, as he states there is no "Canadian Dream or Slovakian Dream", was founded as a "freedom from want, not freedom to want world away from the idea that the patriotic thing to do in tough times is go shopping," and its evolution through the years.
Illustration from the Article "Rethinking the American Dream."
Family Romp in the Living Room (1959), by Lee Howick. 2009 Kodak, courtesy of George Eastman House.
Thanks to Scott Lessing's blog for an introduction to the article.