So...one of the themes in my book Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the American Dream.
Originally, the American Dream was not about achieving riches; it was about making this country a beacon of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have to remember that America was, as Lincoln said, “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Made for You and Me is a story of the American Dream not just because we had sixteen dollars in our bank account on the day I sold my book. It’s also because we finally found our place in the world when we came home to family--this, perhaps, was what we were searching for when we went west.
The night I sold this book, Dan said to me “F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong! There are second acts, and third and fourth and fifth and sixth!” Americans have led revolutions, staged rebellions, reached across barriers to help each other, and created some of the most inspired music, art, poetry, fiction and dance in the world. And Americans have done it because, as Zora Neale Hurston once wrote, “The dream is the truth. And then they act and do things accordingly.” No matter how rough things get, we as a people still believe that anything is possible.
One might say that my story is proof that it still exists--at least within ourselves. Others might say the American Dream is dead. What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!
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