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The American Dream Abroad

America the Beautiful

Though the chance for personal freedom and democracy beckoned most immigrants to the New World, the idea of wide open spaces and unique landscape was another incentive. Just as Charles Dickens visited in the nineteenth century, Simone de Beauvoir, French intellectual, theorist, and writer, headed for the United States in 1947 on a four-month tour of American culture. After traveling from college to college on a lecture circuit, she wrote America Day by Day, a journal comprised of souvenirs, memories, letters, and notes from her trip on buses, cars, and trains. Though she was intrigued and impressed by America's landscape, she explored the nation's true colors and textures through a variety of cultural experiences, socializing with people everywhere from drugstores and Ivy League schools to slaughterhouses and burlesques. In the book, she provides a keen look at America not only...

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