Louis Armstrong Personified the American Dream

"Perhaps the reason Armstrong was misunderstood by later generations is that they had moved away from this positive, work-oriented ethic toward one of grievance-mongering and victimhood. Armstrong's life story shows us which attitude led to greater contentment. “I had a beautiful life,” he reflected; “I didn't wish for anything I couldn't get, and I got pretty near everything I wanted because I worked for it.”

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