American Dreams (Longman Topics Reader) by Larry R. JuchartzAmerican Dreams (Longman Topics Reader) by Larry R. Juchartz

American Dreams (Longman Topics Reader)

byLarry R. Juchartz, Elizabeth A. Stolarek, Christy Rishoi

Paperback | January 11, 2008

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American Dreams explores the evolution and multiple meanings of “the American Dream,” inviting students to consider how the concept has changed over time, which groups have—and have not—been included in the dream, and how rhetoric has enabled the dreams of a few to be shared by millions.

Title:American Dreams (Longman Topics Reader)Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.1 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:January 11, 2008Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205520790

ISBN - 13:9780205520794

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Table of Contents


Section I: Founders’ Dream/Dreamers Found


The Origin of the Longhouse—Seneca Legend, Arthur Parker

The Mayflower Compact

A Model of Christian Charity (“City on a Hill”) excerpt, John Winthrop

 “Give Me Liberty or Give me Death!” Patrick Henry

The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson

 “Common Sense,” Thomas Paine,

Letter to John Adams: Remember the Ladies, Abigail Adams

Response to “Remember the Ladies,” John Adams

Constitution of the Iroquois Nations, Dekanawidah

 “Star Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key

“My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” Samuel F. Smith

Walker ’s Appeal in Four Articles (excerpt), David Walker

Democracy in America (excerpt), Alexis de Toqueville

 “Simple Gifts,” Elder Joseph Bracker

“America the Beautiful,” Katherine Lee Bates

“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” James W. Johnson

“This Land is Your Land,” Woody Guthrie

For Further Research and Writing


Section II:  Dreams Deferred



Seneca Falls Declaration, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Chief Seattle’s Speech of 1851

“What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” Frederick Douglass

The Planter’s Northern Bride, Caroline Lee Hentz

China Men, Maxine Hong Kingston

“Graduating Address at Yale College,” Yan Phou Lee

How the Other Half Lives, Jacob Riis

The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois 

“Eyes on the Prize,”

“New York Fire Kills 148: Girl Victims Leap to Death From Factory”

Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry

“The Ballot or the Bullet,” Malcolm X

“The American Dream,” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The Ten-Point Program,” The Black Panther Party

 The National Organization for Women’s 1966 Statement of Purpose, Betty Friedan

"Trail of Broken Treaties – 20-Point Proposal,” American Indian Movement 

“America,” Dr. Tolbert Small 

For Further Research and Writing


Section III: Streets Paved With Gold



A New Home—Who’ll Follow?  Caroline Kirkland

“The New Colossus,”  Emma Lazarus 

“The Road to Business Success,” Andrew Carnegie

“The Significance of the Frontier in American History,”  Frederick Jackson Turner 

I Came a Stranger, Hilda Satt Polachuck

“Trans-National America,”  Randolph Bourne 

The Promised Land, Mary Antin

Black Boy,  Richard Wright 

Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller

Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez,  Richard Rodriguez 

Messages From My Father,  Calvin Trillin

“Stuck in Between,” Pao Her (pseud.)

“The Pineros,”  Tom Knudson 

“The Day an Immigrant Refugee Can Say “I’m an American,” Helene Cooper

For Further Research and Writing


Section IV:  Sustaining the Dream



 “Little Boxes,” Malvina Reynolds

“Address at Rice University on the Space Effort,” John F. Kennedy

Great Society Speech, Lyndon B. Johnson

“On Being Asian-American,” Lawson Inada

“My American Dream,” Rafael Rosa 

“Take Back the Power,” Rage Against the Machine

“Kids in the Mall,” William Severini Kowinski

“Argument in Favor of Proposition 227”

Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich

 “What Sacagawea Means to M,” Sherman Alexie

“The Death of Horatio Alger,” Paul Krugman

“All Falls Down,”  Kanye West 

“Superman’s an Illegal,” Jorge Lerma

“The Power of our Pastime,” Marc Gellman

“Special Comment of October 18, 2006,”  Keith Olbermann  

“I Have a Dream,” Common (Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr) 

For Further Research and Writing