In which people from various countries come to the United States to gain prosperity and a stable place in life. The immigrants do not have a simplistic journey reaching America, nevertheless facing the problems and difficulties is better than staying in their home country. Countless immigrants have strived for their place they should be allowed to live in a nation where they have contributed and worked hard on. The American dream and the immigrant experience is connected. The hard work of achieving the American dream is where the immigrant’s experience comes from.
While people want to achieve The American Dream they must work to achieve it. Without any work there would be no American Dream to achieve, and without work people would be unable to live. In this country you must work and make a living in order to attain whatever you want. “The American Dream is that any man or women, despite of his or her background, can change their circumstances and rise as high as they are willing to work.” (Moreira “Brainy Quotes The American Dream” 2). The people in America that have achieved their American dream had to work to where they are today.
The homestead act helped make this happen, it seemed good at first but after a while the immigrants realized the negatives of the land that they gained outweighed the benefits. The homestead act was passed by congress on May 20,1862. This act was supposed to get people to move to the Great Plains. This act stated that “any citizen of the U.S could claim 160 acres of government land”, however they had to pay a small fee. After paying the homesteaders had to improve their land by living on the land, building a home, and planting crops.
Many states, especially those with meager populations, actively pursued immigrants by offering jobs or land for farming. The industrialization lured millions seeking economic opportunities for their families, while were anxious to escape oppressive governments. Whatever the reason, with these groups came a rich culture that would forever help to reshape the nation. One of the most significant ways the immigrants altered the United States was the way in which they settled upon arrival. The majority of these new foreign immigrants settled or “clustered” in larger cities such as New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia.
REVERSE MIGRATION: URBAN TO RURAL One of the biggest problem in the world today is coping with the rising urbanization brought about by the economic liberalization. Although it has brought economic reforms and development but it has played a devil in the dark creating some dire and dirty consequences as well. The rising urbanization has seen exodus of people from rural to urban areas in search of better jobs, wages, higher standard of living and other facilities like scope for good education, health, transport and housing facilities. Now it has got its own pros and cons. Some advantages can be a better social integration, opening up new markets, whereas adversities are many, ranging from creating congestion to higher urban unemployment problems.
The American Dream is a common thing that people seek to have. The American Dream is the idea of a person coming from nothing and rising up to the upper class through hard work and dedication. Through this hard work and dedication people would hope to be free, wealthy, and happy. I'm sure this is everyone's dream, especially ones who come from a struggling family or come from another country looking for freedom and a way out from the way of life they were stuck in before. Pursuing this dream is good in some ways but not everything turns out the way it is planned to be.
The novel also shows the reader a positive aspect of immigrant life and work ethic in a part of American history that otherwise would not have shared an immigrant’s story at all. Many immigrants were coming to America from countries all over Europe durning the 18th and late 19th century. As it is in real life, Immigrant families in My Ántonia gravitated to America because of the promise of better circumstances, “…America big country; much money, much land for my boys, much husband for my girls.” (Pg. 37). Nebraska, which was mostly unsettled at the time, would of been one of the main targets for immigrants interested in pursuing the “American Dream” by settling the western frontier.
In the 1500's and 1600's, the world powers of Spain and England began to settle and colonize the land in what is now known as America. Both Spain and England followed the concepts of Mercantilism to attempt to strengthen their countries. Each of the two nations however, had a very different idea of how to use the land they occupied to benefit themselves. Their ideas of how to extract wealth from the newly found land in North America determined how successful their colonies and settlements were. Mercantilism is the concept that to be successful, a government should be "designed to secure an accumulation of bullion, a favorable balance of trade" (Meriam Webster).
It is part of human nature to strive to go further, achieve more and become a better person. Many people nowadays decide to leave their country in search for a better life in order to provide positive changes for their future, and that is the main reason as to why people migrate. Reasons for immigration can include lack of educational opportunities, the standard of living is not being high enough, or the low value of wages. Immigration has become a major part of life in the 20th century, and many people see America as the land of freedom, countless opportunities and thus they choose to migrate to the United States whether as naturalized citizens, legal permanent residents, refugees, international students, or even undocumented immigrants. The
The American Dream is still alive by being able to live a middle-class lifestyle and by obtaining it through perseverance and hard-work. Within social mobility, many people fail to have a sense of the realization of the American Dream because of the fewer advantages and more problems minorities have to struggle through. Therefore, our social class affects our ability to realize the American Dream because we face challenges to make ends meet, intersectionality and education because of high status.