All the King's Men argues that the U.S.'s history of slavery continues to haunt generations of Americans and impacts Americans' view of themselves. The novel questions how a hopeful vision of America is possible with such a shameful past. It also provides an answer: truth. For all the potential risks and repercussions of truth telling, only truth can give us hope for a positive future of America. By exposing issues concerning the environment, labor, football, politics, education, welfare, journalism, history, and the skeletons in the closets of the antebellum South, All the King's Men interrogates American's practices and hopes to find a way to a better and truer vision of America.
Transportation is a major aspect of the American dream in All the King's Men as we see by the repeated images of cars, roads, trains, and the like.
The Cass Burden story is the skeleton in the closet of the American dream.