The American Dream In America's Wealth Gap

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America’s wealth gap between middle class and upper class income is at its highest level in decades. According to Pew Research Center’s article “America’s Wealth Gap,” they report in 2010, the median wealth of upper-income families was 6.2 times the median wealth of middle-income families and by 2013, that wealth ratio grew to 6.6. This makes the American Dream a very difficult thing to accomplish, especially for the lower class. The American Dream means that all people have the equal opportunity to achieve success of rising in their social ladder through hard work, determination, and initiative. Some argue that the American Dreams is available and achievable by all. However, while the American Dream is available to all, it is not achievable by all because there are issues due to health, ethnicity, location, and opportunities. The American Dream can be hindered by the health of the individual. Notably, in Scratch Beginnings, Adam Shepard became ill for about a week. He believed it to be his “biggest setback of [his] journey,” (pg 187?). While he was lucky to be sick for such a short time, Shepard still couldn’t afford to miss work. Worse circumstances are a reality to others fighting for this prosperity. There are so many devoted dreamers falling into despair as they admit the impossibility of leaping…show more content…
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