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The Failure Of The American Dream

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The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence. In particular, the part which states, (Century of Lawmaking 512) “all men are created equal.” The term American Dream was first used by James Truslow Adams in his book The Epic of America, written in 1931. (goodreads 1) “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 or achievement." Our Democracy and the freedom, liberty, rights, and so on, that it provides to every individual is the stepping stone of The American Dream. On its surface, The American Dream may seem like it has adjusted itself accordingly from generation to generation; however, under the surface their lies dark realities of its failures. The ideology of The American Dream and reality of its failures are woven into the fabric of our society, as well as, our economic and political institutions. In our society, hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow have always been an integral part of The American Dream. It was here in the United States that we had the freedom to learn, become entrepreneurs, upward mobility, the sky was the limit. Times were tough during The Great Depression but we made it and our society bounced back. A child growing up was often asked what he or she wants to become when they grow up because that possibility was available. Somewhere between the 1930’s and now there seems to be a broken link in the societal chain of the
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