The Center for the Study of the American Dream is proud to announce that Dr. Roger Fortin will teach a newly-established Senior Seminar in the Fall 2012 about the history of the American Dream.
Dr. Roger Fortin, Professor of History and Historian of the Center, continues his research on the historical concept of the American Dream, conceived in the imagination of sixteenth and seventeenth-century Western Europeans who looked to America for greater individual freedom and liberty and as a land that offered more opportunities. From the time of the earliest colonials to Americans in the twenty-first century, the concept evolved and has meant different things to different people at different times throughout American history. The American Dream has been a shaping force in American civilization. The pursuit of the dream is at the core of what the United States is fundamentally about and is an essential part of the glue that holds the nation together.