Argumentative Essay On The American Dream

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The American Dream is symbolic for personal growth and the pursuit of endless opportunities to prosper in anything from monetary and materialistic gains, or even personal fulfillment. This topic is difficult to discuss because each person has different goals and aspirations, which means each person, will have a different idea on what the American Dream is because of these differences in ideals. These ideals can range from religious, intellectual, personal pursuits. This is best expressed by Congressman Marsha Blackburn when she stated that “the American Dream is independence and being able to create that dream for yourself” (Blackburn). With the intent of examining the American Dream, I will go over the history, explain how the dream is changing, debate on if it is still possible, discuss the obstacles, and explore my American Dream. The belief in the American Dream can be traced back to the beginning of the United States of America. The promise of endless possibilities to prosper in this new land drew many to this great country. Immigrants left the familiar behind to travel to America in hopes of improving their lives and giving themselves a “chance to work their way up through their own labor” (How the American Dream Has Changed Over Time). The first time the concept of the American Dream was conceptualized was in the Declaration of Independence when the founding fathers wrote "that all men are created equal” and “that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”(Jefferson). Most of this statement has always rung true except for the section that talks about unalienable rights because while this document was being written, many men and women of color were still being oppressed and were not able to experience liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It was not until 1931 that the actual term the American Dream was coined by James Truslow Adams, a prominent writer and historian in his book Epic of America, when he stated "the American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" (Amadeo). The American Dream has been
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