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The evolution of the American Dream from 1940s to today

Lovemoney Logo By Frances Carruthers of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 37: The phrase 'American Dream' was officially coined just under 90 years ago in a book called The Epic of America by James Truslow Adams. He argued it 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." With that in mind, click or scroll through to see what the American Dream has looked like in every decade since the 1940s.

How the American Dream has changed

The phrase 'American Dream' was officially coined just under 90 years ago in a book called The Epic of America by James Truslow Adams. He argued it 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." With that in mind, click or scroll through to see what the American Dream has looked like in every decade since the 1940s.

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