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Facing Up to the American Dream: Race, Class, and the Soul of the Nation

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The ideology of the American dreamthe faith that an individual can attain success and virtue through strenuous effortis the very soul of the American nation. According to Jennifer Hochschild, we have failed to face up to what that dream requires of our society, and yet we possess no other central belief that can save the United States from chaos. In this compassionate but

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Paperback, 440 pages
Published August 25th 1996 by Princeton University Press (first published August 21st 1995)
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“You asked a question about Martin Luther King.... All that stuff about "the dream" means nothing to the kids I know.... He died in vain. He was famous and he lived and gave his speeches and he died and now he's gone. But we're still here. Don't tell students in this school about "the dream." Go and look into a toilet here if you would like to know what life is like for students in this city.
-a student at East St. Louis High School, 1990”
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