Self-made man

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A "self-made man" or "self-made woman" is a person who was born poor or otherwise disadvantaged, but who achieved great economic success thanks to their own hard work and ingenuity rather than to any inherited fortune, family connections or other privilege.

In the cultural history of the United States, the idea of the self-made man, an "essential American figure", looms large. It has been described as an archetype, a cultural ideal, a myth or a cult.[1]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cawelti, John G. (1988). Apostles of the self-made man. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226098708. 
  • Wyllie, Irvin G. (1966). The self-made man in America: the myth of rags to riches. Free Press.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pendergast, Tom (2000). Creating the modern man: American magazines and consumer culture, 1900-1950. Columbia, Mo.: Univ. of Missouri Press. p. 10. ISBN 9780826212801. 

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