To echo this conference's call for papers, if in 1931 James Truslow Adams could characterize the United States as a "business civilization," in which "most of the energy, ability, and ambition of the country has found its outlet, if not its satisfaction, in business" then perhaps today business does, at last, account even for our satisfactions?
1) James Truslow Adams, The Epic of America (1931), quoted in the Call for Papers for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference; http://www.
excerpt from The Epic of America (1931), by James Truslow Adams
Y, lo que es peor (para ellos), EUA ya no es la potencia mundial que fue y sus propias vidas "no han sido como esperaban" (como dice la popular cancion sudamericana) y "su sueno americano" ("the american dream", termino creado en 1931 por el historiador James Truslow Adams
en su libro La epica de America) ha muerto, dijera el ex presidente Bill Clinton, tal y como lo conto la propia Hillary Clinton en una reciente reunion popular en Iowa: "La gente siente que el sueno americano se les esta escapando y estan muriendo de tristeza".
Though I like the oft-cited definition by James Truslow Adams
-- ''Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement, regardless of social class or circumstances of birth'' -- my interpretation relies far more on Benjamin Franklin.
It refuses to give up on Croly's promise of America, or surrender what James Truslow Adams
a few years later called "the American Dream.
Noah tracks the power of mobility as animating creed in the careers of two writers: Horatio Alger, the idea's famous 19th-century bard, and James Truslow Adams
, born into money himself and a freelance historian of New England, who coined the iconic phrase "the American dream" in 1931, even as the Depression took its terrible toll.
Actually, it was James Truslow Adams
, a prominent historian, who popularized this notion in The Epic of America.
Nobody had yet coined the phrase "The American Dream" - that came in 1931 from the writer James Truslow Adams
- but in the 1920s there was something exceptional about the United States.
Not for Zimmermann the wry observation of James Truslow Adams
, "For the first time we glimpsed the fact that, even when people want to govern themselves, they may not be capable of it--when we want to govern them.
Hendrick, The Victory at Sea; 1922, James Truslow Adams
, The Founding of New England; 1923, Charles Warren, The Supreme Court in United States History; 1924, Charles Howard McIlwain, The American Revolution: A Constitutional Interpretation; 1925, Frederick L.
In 1931, the noted historian James Truslow Adams
defined the American Dream as a lifestyle that "should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.