Immigration And The American Dream

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The founding fathers of America were the first people to have an American dream. Their goal was to have every man, women, and child to be free from the tyranny of the crown of England. Strict immigration laws now hinder their original dream; moreover, when immigrants do gain access to the U.S. they are stricken with poverty, racism, and sexism. Thomas Jefferson, a founding father and author of the Declaration of Independence, once said, "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude” (Jefferson). The American Dream, as Jefferson said, was meant to be achievable by most every person. Originally, the American Dream was extremely vague. James Truslow Adams, an American author, is recognized as the first author to write about the American Dream. He wrote that the American Dream is, "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone…” (Adams). This leaves the American Dream open for interpretation. The American Dream has evolved from its original meaning to a definition that was never intended. Numerous people now believe the American Dream is about being …show more content…

Even though there is a greater amount of women in the United States then men, many establishments value men over women. Studies show that women only earn eighty percent of the money that earn (AAUW). It does not matter the education level that a women may have; in fact, studies have shown that a man with an associates degree will, on average, will earn the close to the same amount of money per week as a women with a bachelors degree. So, on average a woman that is more educated then a man will earn the same amount of money per year. The American Dream is difficult to achieve when a woman is constantly being put down for an aspect of life that she cannot

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