Horatio Alger was the writer of the rags to riches tale Ragged Dick. A story that is seen as a typical rags to riches tale and has supposedly influenced many such stories. Ragged Dick follows it's main characters rise from a poor and difficult life to one of success. Its influence is visible in contemporary media. His stories tell a strong message and give faith in the American dream. The Horatio Alger association was set up in 1947 to reestablish faith in the American dream when morale was low after the second world war. It is still going strong today.