James Truslow Adams And The American Dream

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As it is stated in the constitution, “all men are created equal”, however many people feel as if they are not treated equal to their fellow citizens. America is viewed as a land where all things are possible and people can achieve all their hopes and dreams. Although this is a simple concept, how one must work to achieve these goals is much more complicated. Everyone is born into a different situation and the opportunities they are exposed to differ depending on the person. The original idea of the “American Dream” supported the idea that all American citizens are able to obtain a better life than they are currently living; however, that idea is continuously changing and many interpret their own dream in different ways.
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Many veterans were able to get a home with a low mortgage due to the GI Bill, a benefit program to help cover costs of veterans, and the American Dream became closely tied to home ownership. The ideal dream continued to change and many Americans purchased products and good that they believed would improve their life.
After the dream moved on from home ownership, it turned into a need for the latest products. Middle class Americans, however, did not have enough money to purchase the new trend. In 1950, the first credit card was introduced and as time went on it became more popular than ever. Americans were thrilled with the idea of owning everything they could imagine without having the money to do so; however, many people racked up a large amount of debt. In addition to the debt, America faced a mortgage crisis in the early 2000’s. The American Dream came crashing down for many and their once happy lives were now full of stress, yet they believed there was hope for a better life.
Despite having the idea of a better life many Americans today feel as if they cannot achieve the American Dream. When the American Dream was first introduced, the cost of living was much lower than what it is today and opportunities for success are not the same as they were before. Weekly earnings have gradually decreased since 1962; likewise, the
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