The American Dream and the Declaration of Independence Essay

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"All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among there are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". It is in this sentence from the Declaration of Independence, that the idea of the American dream has its roots. The phrase, “the American dream” can mean many different things, but among the most basic interpretation is that America is a land of opportunity and freedom for all who come to it. The idea of the American dream has influenced people to come to America in search of economic opportunities, political choice, and religious freedom.
When the Declaration of Independence was written, Europe still had a basic caste system in place. If you were born a poor peasant, you
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This principle alone has inspired millions to come to America in hope of a better future for themselves and their descendents. From the Irish peasants fleeing starvation in the 17th century, to modern-day Hispanics seeking employment, people have always looked to America as a land in which to prosper. Next, people have been drawn to America for the unique political and governmental system. Tyranny, oppression, and dictatorships in countries all across the globe made America seem like a glowing beacon of safety. The idea of a representative government, in which the individual saw that their voice could be both heard and protected, was astounding to some. Our founding fathers created a government that would serve the people and guard both their rights and freedoms. For example, the freedoms of speech and assembly lured Russians from the communist Soviet Union in the past. In modern times, Cubans have fled the oppression of their dictator, Fidel Castro. Lastly, the American dream could not be complete without the principle of religious freedom. This was the sole reason the Pilgrims first came to the Americas; they were escaping persecution in their native country. "For men came across the sea not merely to find new soil for their plows but to win freedom for their souls, to think and speak and worship as they