The American Dream By James Truslow Adams

1406 WordsDec 4, 20156 Pages
This so called, “American dream.” Is it still around, waiting to be achieved by those who work hard enough? Is it effectively dead, killed off by the Great Recession and the economic struggling that many Americans have come to face in this day and age? There are alarming instances and facts, including trillions of dollars lost in the stock market (Paradise, 2009). These losses combined with the unquestionably high unemployment in the past few years, have contributed to seemingly dismal prospects for prosperity in the United States, I strongly support in the belief that the American dream is still very much alive. In fact, the original term “American Dream” was said during the Great Depression by James Truslow Adams, who wrote that 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 and achievement, regardless of social class or circumstances of birth” (1931). I would say the American Dream today is a little different as the potential to work for an honest, secure way of life and save for the future. Many liberal economists and activists say that the American Dream is a lost cause as well as dead, but I would recommend to them that the American dream is more alive than it ever was before. It is the key to climbing out of the Great Recession, to overcome all odds and circumstances in one’s life and also to ultimately obtain “having it all.” Looking at our delicate
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