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The American Dream: Yankees, Irish, and…

The American Dream: Yankees, Irish, and Canadians in 19th Century…

by William P. Mc Dermott

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Opportunity for all is at the heart of the American Dream. Americans and immigrants during the nineteenth century assumed that hard work would lead to a richer and fuller life for themselves and their children. Yet not everyone achieved the promise, even after America s emerging industrial revolution expanded opportunities. In tracing the growth of those new opportunities in two representative towns in Connecticut it becomes clear that many hard working families fell short of the Dream. For some, earning enough money simply to feed their families was a struggle. Others, however, reaped benefits well beyond their initial expectations. By the end of the century the distinctions between classes began to crystallize. Then, opportunities for many families to improve their standard of living declined. As a result their hope of achieving the American Dream faded, though their hope of achieving it rarely did. If, they believed, they didn t make it, perhaps their children would. It was that hope that kept their American Dream and ours alive.

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