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Pandemic in Focus

Moments of the Unrealized American Dream and COVID-19

Lisa DuBois | New York, United States

Organization: En Foco

Gun Hill Road - Bronx N.Y- USA
a man walks past a closed 99 cents store during the Pandemic 2020.
The Unrealized American Dream-SDN

Manhattan was desolate at the start of the lockdown. The people on the street were primarily picking up groceries, riding delivery bikes, dog walking or homeless. The reality of a pandemic was making the "American Dream" look like a nightmare.

The phrase "American Dream" was coined in 1931 by historian James Truslow Adams. In his book The Epic of America, he stated 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."<>

Adams statement was drafted at a time in history when America was deep in denial about how the country was founded. Economic inequality is In the DNA of the United States. The covid-19 crisis has highlighted the systemic economic inequality that was established and developed for centuries in the United States of America.<>



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