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American Dream news and analysis from The Nation
February 10, 2022
How the “American Dream” Became Un-American
When plutocrats defend it, and democrats bewail its passing, it’s time to recall the original meaning of the phrase.
October 14, 2021
America as a “Shining City on a Hill”—and Other Myths to Die By
Time to begin the dirty, essential work of undigging our history, before it kills us all.
April 13, 2020
JFK, Bob Dylan, and the Death of the American Dream
How Dylan’s new song, “Murder Most Foul,” speaks to my generation and pierces our collective soul.
April 13, 2020
The Tangled History of Illness and Idiocy
The pandemic is stress-testing two concepts Americans have historically gotten wrong.
Jessi Jezewska Stevens
January 20, 2020
Slavery, and American Racism, Were Born in Genocide
Martin Luther King Jr. saw something essential about our nation: Imperial expansion west over stolen Indian land shaped and deepened the American Revolution’s relationship to slavery.
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August 16, 2019
Undoing the Promise of the Statue of Liberty
Attempts to rewrite the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty are an attack on immigrants like me and my family.
April 30, 2019
Felipe Lopez and the Dominican Dream
ESPN brings a story of immigration to the small screen right when we need it most.
April 2, 2019
American Meritocracy Is a Myth
Recent scandals in politics and higher education show how the rich perpetuate inequality in the US.
August 17, 2017
There’s 1 Country Practically Begging the World for Sanctions
Hint: It’s not North Korea, Russia, or Iran.
July 5, 2017
Patriotism in the Trump Era
For many Americans, the pursuit of happiness is getting harder every day. But in the growing movements demanding justice and equality for all, we see the hard work of patriotism flourishing all around us.
Katrina vanden Heuvel