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The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope Summary
Andrew Delbanco

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The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope Summary

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"The Real American Dream" by Andrew Delbanco is a historical work that focuses on the roots of American culture. The author describes and explains the three major factors that have influenced America and that it has existed under. In the first chapter, "God," Delbanco explains the circumstances under which America was settled and founded. The Puritans, who believed in a strict adherence to apostolic tenets and traditions, were suffering from religious oppression in England from the Crown and Anglican Church. Henry VIII had established his own church when the Pope would not grant him a divorce. A hundred years later, the Puritans emerged in growing numbers and their religious beliefs could not co-exist with the requirements of the Anglican Church.

Through a collective need to escape religious freedom, the Crown pushing them to leave, or perhaps a combination of both, a large group of Puritan pastors and their...

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