American Dream: the Civil War

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This paper will prove that the American Dream can best be explained as a city upon a hill, meaning being above and superior over those below. The Civil War, the imperialistic race of the 19th century, the Korean War, the KKK, and the Gulf War are all examples of the American Dream of superiority playing a part in American History. Americans all have a different idea of this superiority, but nonetheless strive to achieve it, where ever it may be.
The Civil War, which split the United States, was a clash of two aspects of approaching the American Dream in a young America. Both sides felt their idea's and philosophies were far greater than those of the opposing side and therefore would benefit the nation more and make it superior. Both North
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It is this idea of expansion thus gaining power and superiority over other nations that proves the American Dream/City upon a hill being about superiority. The invasion of South Korea by North Korea was the opportunity the U.S needed to invade North Korea thus causing China to intervene therefore justifying the possible invasion of China. When World War II ended, the U.S and U.S.S.R agreed to occupy Korea.
The U.S occupied south of the 38th parallel, and the U.S.S.R North. Both sides wanted Korea to be united; the U.S.S.R wanted it under communism, and the U.S capitalism. They were cut in half. North became communist, South became capitalist. South Korea was recognized by the U.S and the United Nations while North Korea was recognized by the Soviet Union and its allies. There were many hard comings between the Koreas. On June 1950, the North Korean army with Soviet weapons invaded South Korea, in an attempt to seize it.
The United States, taking great interest, appealed to the U.N to condemn the invasion and to send forces to liberate South Korea. The Soviet representative to the U.N was not present to veto due to the fact that the Soviet Union was protesting against the refusal to allow China to enter the U.N. When the U.N forces under U.S command liberated South Korea, U.S president Truman ordered that the forces go

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