Antedating of "American Dream"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat May 15 01:03:23 UTC 2004

American dream (OED 1931)

1916 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 7 Feb. 6 (ProQuest) [quoting _Montgomery
Advertiser_]  If the American idea, the American hope, the American dream,
and the structures which Americans have erected are not worth fighting for
to maintain and protect, they were not worth fighting for to establish.

1923 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 1 July 1923  All this unhappy evolution,
whatever its causes, is contrary to the American ideal, a defeat of the
American dream.

Fred Shapiro

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