The American Dream: Colonial Period

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The American Dream: Colonial Period The colonial period gave birth to an idea that would go on to cultivate itself into the minds of all people. Regardless of race, religion, or gender, the American Dream became an embodiment of the goals set forth in society for all individuals. Variations of this dream arose from person to person as the dream took on several different forms. As Jim Cullen states in his book, The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea That Shaped a Nation, “…there is no one American Dream. Instead, there are many American Dreams, their appeal simultaneously resting on their variety and their specificity” (6). In a broader sense, the dream arose from an internal desire for happiness and success in which such happiness is defined by the individual. At the same time some dreams were more prominent than others in society. The origins of the first American Dream can be traced back to Colonial America where the building blocks of this great nation were first laid. The basis of the American Dream is reflected in the writings from the colonial period, in which Pilgrims and Puritans arrived in a land occupied by Native Americans and started their fight for freedom to create their own society where they had the ability to pursue their own religion; independent from the Church of England, and achieve a simpler life while colonizing America. The primary drive for Europeans coming to America initially arose from a mixture of business interests and religious
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