"A Real Horatio Alger Story"

Horatio Alger and the American Dream

The American Dream, sometimes in the phrase "Chasing the American Dream," is a national ethos of the United States in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success. In the American Dream, first expressed by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

Horatio Alger's stories have inspired generations of people the world over to strive for greatness, no matter the odds. His characters struggle against poverty and adversity to rise to success through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. His works have lasted well over a century, and his message has continued to resonate in the hearts and minds of his readers to this day.

Horatio Alger Society Celebrates
50 Years!

2011 Marks Fiftieth Anniversary of HAS

Founded in 1961 by Forrest Campbell and Kenneth B. Butler, the Horatio Alger Society (H.A.S.) was incorporated at Mendota, Illinois in 1965 as a non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization.

Originally a specialist organization for Alger collectors, the H.A.S. has evolved in its five decades of existence as collectors' interests have broadened. The H.A.S. now embraces collectors and enthusiasts of all juvenile literature, including boys' and girls' series books, pulps, and dime novels.

For fifty years, the Horatio Alger Society has strived to further the philosophy of Horatio Alger, Jr. and to encourage the spirit of Strive & Succeed that for half a century guided Alger's undaunted heroes. Our members conduct research and provide scholarship on the life of Horatio Alger, Jr., his works and influence on the culture of America.