The American Dream is 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. . . . It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.

- James Truslow Adams


What is dreamed in America is really no different from what is dreamed in Shanghai. It’s the same dream dreamed in Cairo and Johannesburg.

Everybody in the world wants a good job. Everybody in the world wants to be loved. Everybody wants healthy children, wants safe streets. Everybody wants to be able to count on good health care. Every living person. And everybody wants some place, if he or she is religious, to propitiate God. That is the Dream.

- Maya Angelou

Components of the American Dream

Survey of elements of the American Dream. The AEI Survey on Community and Society asked thousands of participants to rate the importance of thow important each of the below elements is to their ownview of the American Dream.

What is Your American Dream?

What is your individual version of the American Dream? Share it with us and become a part of history.

Define the American Dream

American Dream Project

The American Dream Project is a video series which explores how various people from all over America define their American Dream. To see the the video series, visit the link below.

American Dream Project Videos