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Historical Event: Development of “rags to riches” stories and the American Dream In January 1867, Horatio Alger publishes the first of twelve stories that would in the coming year be expanded to the theme of “rags to riches.” This holds incredible significance, as this would begin to develop and design the idea of the American Dream. It would create this dream of leaving your homeland in Europe or South America, and pursuing the luxurious riches of America. Some critics at the time and possibly now criticize the rags to riches stories because they see it as an attempt to keep the working class from striking and to create an illusion of a foreseeable future with large wealth if you join the American workforce. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain, published in November 18, 1865. This work was Mark Twain’s first great success at a being a writer; it brought Mark Twain nationwide acclaim and attention. The story centers around a gambler by the
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