Jon Meacham, at Time, with a brief overview of the American Dream. He warns that it "may be slipping away."

Relatedly, here's a bit of Barbara Jordan at the 1992 Democratic National Convention--she thought the American Dream was "gasping for breath," but not dead:

There appears to be a general apprehension about the future which undermines our confidence in ourselves and each other. The American idea that tomorrow will be better than today has become de-stabilized by a stubborn, sluggish economy. Jobs lost have become permanent unemployment rather than cyclical employment. Public policy makers are held in low regard. Mistrust abounds.


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