Early American Literature thrives on the American Dream because they shaped it. Think of political and religious authors as well as literary ones: Jefferson, Franklin, Emerson, Thoreau and Poe. Don't forget the women's voices like Bradstreet, Stowe, and Fuller. Literary giants in the early period span Hawthorne, Longfellow, Cooper and Irving. The unconquered land that laid before them in the west was conquerable no matter what anyone told us. No matter how hard life beats us down, we will overcome and conquer. The old adage that so many relied upon was "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps!" That means when life kicks you when you're down, you get back up no mater what obstacles face you!
Now we have the economy, the recession, gas prices, and a whole slew of things that we can blame our troubles on; but, even in the depression there was that fighting spirit that kept a person going for family and for self. I do think that the attitude of the country is changing to socialism so much so that we want to run to the government to save us from all of our problems, though. Why can't we find the strength of spirit to unite in our communities and churches and fix things ourselves?