Let Me Google It For You — What Is The American Dream?

The original from rags to riches story. But is it really?

Tommy Ueland
3 min readJul 4, 2020


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The concept: I will search the world wide web, aka Google, for the most searched topics. I will then translate all the findings into a short, down to the bone, no bullshit article about the topic at hand. I will not only stop at the first page, but I will go as far as the eight (maybe even the twelfth!) page on google to give you all you need. I will then make sure to edit away all the fluff and spice it up a little. Then you can go and impress friends, family, and sweethearts with your newly acquired awesome knowledge. Just remember where you read it, right here at Let Me Google It For You.

What is the American dream?

The ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved. (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/american)

What does that mean?

The American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone. The American Dream is achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking, and hard work, rather than by chance (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/a/american-dream.asp)

Where does it come from?

This dude:


His name was James Truslow Adams and he wrote a book between the first and second world wars, in 1931, called The Epic of America, and it's in that book the phrase American Dream was born.

The original dream was:

that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us…



Tommy Ueland

Father, writer, aspiring blogger, connoisseur of everyday joy and professional procrastinator.