American Dream Essay

555 words - 3 pages

Alycia Wilson
English 1010
Mr. James Haendiges
09/06/2012

American Dream
Ever since the term, ‘American Dream’ was introduced by James Truslow Adams in the 1930’s after the Great Depression, it has probably been one of the most widely terms in the United States. The definition of the American Dream is highly individual and most people have a different concept of it, but in general terms it can be defined as the freedom to reach one’s goal; the ability to rise to success and prosperity through his or her own hard work and determination. Now, with our society with dispiritingly high unemployment rates, immigration and poverty, most believe the American Dream has come to an end with all the economic hardships that many Americans have come to face over the ...view middle of the document...

This is showing an example of how people, businessmen alike, are still striving today to live the so called “American Dream”.

Although, the unemployment rates have risen, the United States of America have still seen high immigration rates. Most of the immigrants that have come into the United States are illegal; they are in fact, gaining a higher percentage of American jobs rather than those native-born workers. While the immigrants successfully acquired jobs, despite taking a deduction in pay, they indeed are still striving for the American Dream.
With the harshness of unemployment rates and immigration in mind, most Americans are living below the median poverty line, but that does not mean that their dreams aren’t intact. “It was proven that in a 2009 New York Times survey they found that 72 percent of Americans still believed it was possible to start poor, work hard, and become rich in America”(King). In many ways, the American Dream of today is only a trimmed down version of its former self. No longer is it about material wealth but more about living off of what is needed and saving the rest for a secured future.
In conclusion the American Dream is still a possibility. Crisis may be at hand but we have overcome such challenges before. The fact is that we Americans are good at dreaming. We are good at believing that we can do most things, perhaps to a fault. Our big ideas may run us off cliffs at times, but the ideas get us moving. Perhaps the biggest toll is on this nation's innate sense of optimism that, no matter how bleak or bullish the moment, better times lie ahead. The hope and possibility and desire for good things for our families motivate us to work hard and stay the course.

King, Brandon. "The American Dream: Dead, Alive or on Hold?" They Say I Say. 2nd ed. New York: W.w. Norton &, 2012. 572-78.

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