Sarah Churchwell looks at the story behind one of the most contentious phrases in the American political playbook: the ‘American dream’. Churchwell will ask what exactly Americans are supposed to be dreaming of – personal wealth, public power, racial equality, political refuge, or individual freedom?, and discussing whether the meaning and history of the term needs to be understood afresh and redefined.
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby, The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe and Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream. Her literary journalism has appeared widely in many newspapers and she comments regularly on arts, culture, and politics for TV and radio.
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