Jim Cullen


Jim Cullen is Chair of the History Department at the Fieldston School in New York. His books include The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation (2003) and Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions (2013).

Problems and Promises of the Self-Made Myth

from The American Dream, Volume 15, Number 2

The lack of focus on the self-made man in recent times is remarkable when one considers how intensely, and how long, it has functioned as a central trope of the American experience.