The American Dream By James Truslow Adams

1707 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
The American Dream, coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931, had been a popular term that had; given motivation to the dissatisfied, reduced the influence of race and one’s social position on achieving their goals, advertised America as a land that offered an abundant amount of possibilities that no other country could match, and unified the country under the same desire of wealth and prosperity, even in times of great despair. Adams had constructed the idea, “...that American dream of a better, richer, and happier life for all our citizens of every rank”(Kamp), as the base of the American Dream. This dream started with the Puritans’ impartial nature and desire to flee the religious persecution they fought in England, to a new land of freedom. However the Declaration of Independence was what really drove this concept of equal opportunities for all men (Kamp). It gave white males proof of equivalence to his other white brethrens, while initiating the ideology that other races and genders could take part of the movement of equal opportunities. However, as generations passed, the American Dream did not necessarily disappear, but shifted towards a more materialistic perspective of success. With the optimistic belief that hard work is directly associated with prosperity, many citizens and immigrants are disheartened when they realize the ignored truth behind the American Dream. Anyone who resides in the United States is promised opportunities to a, “‘better and richer life’... but…
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