The American Dream

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The idea of the American dream has been ever-present, since the earliest days of American history. Escaping the corruption and persecution of their homelands, migrants held great hopes and expectations that America was their promised land full of freedom and opportunity, in which any man could call into being his own rags to riches tale. Despite America’s proclamation of freedom, liberty, and justice for all, these terms undeniably hold a very different meaning among different communities. So different in fact that it calls to question what the American dream actually is. To better understand the concept of American identity, in-depth analysis is imperative to differentiate the many dimensions of Americanism, and how the adaptive definition has been substantiated among different groups of people. Even before the thought of national revolution and separation from England, establishing an American identity separate from that of their English neighbors became a high priority for early residents of the colonies. Although the idea of “Americanism” was widely recognized even by the earliest settlers, in “Who is an American? The Imagined Community in American History”, Froner suggests that throughout history, the term has had a rather fluid definition that he identified most accurately as a “state of mind”, rather than a specific context or path of action (426). He also recognizes that throughout history, a single definition has never been capable of encompassing the entirety of
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