The American Dream And The Reality Of The American Dream

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America, land of dreams, is home to the world’s largest immigrant population. Why do so many want to come to America? It may be because of the employment opportunities, or reunification with family members, or the many rights and freedoms that Americans have. But a large part of immigration to America is due to the American Dream, the belief that every US citizen has an equal opportunity to achieve success through hard work and determination. The concept of the American Dream was recognized as early as the 18th and 19th centuries, and the phrase was popularized in the 20th century by James Truslow Adams in his book Epic of America, in which he states, “there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be…show more content…
This divide causes the lower-income people to become doubtful about the veracity of the American Dream, or even believe the dream to be dead. I believe the American Dream is alive today. As times have changed, so has the dream, and some may not be able to find it in the same way as in the past. However, its essence still exists. The manifestation of the American Dream is given by Barack Obama in a speech on November 7, 2007, when he says, “Americans share a faith in simple dreams. A job with wages that can support a family. Health care that we can count on and afford. A retirement that is dignified and secure. Education and opportunity for our kids.” These values are a prime example of some of the dreams of not only Americans, but so many around the world, including my parents. When I was four years old, my family and I came to America, my parents barely being able to speak English and only knowing Korean culture, language, land, and everything else. Whenever I used to ask why we left Korea for America, my parents always said it was for my sister’s and my education, because they believed that there was a better education system and opportunity here. Though they had steady jobs and a comfortable lifestyle in Korea, my parents came to a completely unfamiliar country just for their dreams for me and my sister. They worked incredibly hard to get our family to a comfortable position, where my sister and I could get a reliable education and go on to college.
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