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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

Moments of The Unrealized American Dream 

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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