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The Reference Shelf: The American Dream

Table of Contents

Preface



1 Immigration



The Dream of Becoming American


For the Child of Immigrants, the American Dream Can Be a Nightmare


Reunited, an Immigrant Family Tries to Put Their Life Back Together


Six Immigrant Stories That Will Make You Believe in the American Dream Again


The Unique Traits Americans Developed from Decades of Immigration


The Decades-Long Campaign to Cut Legal Immigration


Places in the US That Took in More Immigrants in the 19th Century Still Benefit Economically from It


2 Mobility and Equality



The Great American Success Story


Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think


The Cost of the American Dream


Inequality and the American Dream


The American Dream, Quantified at Last


Is Owning a Home Still Essential to the American Dream?


3 Race and the American Dream



Dreaming in Color


My Immigrant Family Achieved the American Dream: Then I Started to Question It


The Racial Wealth Gap and Today’s American Dream


Why Blacks Believe in the American Dream More Than Whites


A Federal College Loan Program Is Exacerbating the Racial Wealth Gap


Where Slavery Thrived, Inequality Rules Today


4 The American Dream Over Time



Transforming the Dream


The Transformation of the “American Dream”


The Economy Is Changing and So Is the American Dream


Rethinking the American Dream


Is the American Dream Really Dead?


American “Exceptionalism” Is Holding America Back from Greatness


5 Future of the Dream



The Future of the American Dream


Technology: Killer or Savior of the American Dream?


Technology Disrupting the American Dream


Is China Leaping Past Us?


Cities Are Killing the Future of Work (and the American Dream)


American Innovation Is in Trouble


The Ugly Truth about America’s Economy in Just Four Words


Bibliography


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