I've seen a number of statements defining the American Dream, some sincere, some cynical. So, I was interested when I came across a summary of what appears to be the original statement of it, by historian James Truslow Adams.
According to him, it is the "Dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.... It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each women shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and to be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position"
Basically, he envisioned it as a pure meritocracy, not just obtaining material abundance. Hm-m-m-m-m.