[Ads-l] Antedating of "American Dream"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Mar 1 21:08:56 UTC 2019

American dream (OED 1916)

1895 _Sunday Inter Ocean_ (Chicago), 28 Apr. 1895 in Sarah Churchwell _Behold, America_ (2018) 25  Oh, critic and cynic, dreamer and doubter, behold America, as this day she stands before her history and her heroes.  See her millions of people, her free institutions, her equal laws, her generous opportunities, her schoolhouses and her churches; you see misfortunes and defects, for not yet is fully realized the American dream; you surely see her mighty progress toward the fulfillment of her philosophy.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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