Origins of the American Dream

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Center for Missouri Studies

605 Elm St.


The American Dream holds a powerful place in our imagination. When did this idea come about, how did it change over time, and how did we come to define it? From the early theological ideals of the Puritans and the public-private partnership of the Virginia Company to commemoration of overlooked historical figures on the money in our pocket today, our disagreements on the right policies for society are often rooted in different understandings and experiences about this country's promise. Author and “Celebrity Historian” Raffi Andonian will take us on this journey of the American Dream, an ethos that continues to inspire U.S. citizens and people from all over the world. Follow Andonian on his YouTube page @ Celebrity Historian.