Presented by

Aspen Ideas Festival 2015

Is the American Dream in Crisis?

Aug 03, 2015 | 20 videos
Video by The Atlantic

It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. But during the last 25 years we have seen a “opportunity gap” emerge. Now, a central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, elaborates on the trends that are shaping U.S. national identity.

 

This discussion took place at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.

Author: The Editors

About This Series

Full sessions from the Aspen Ideas Festival