How To Achieve The American Dream

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In 1931, James Truslow Adams wrote, “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,” in his book Epic of America. The American dream is defined as the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. I believe the American dream is a goal that every citizen hopes to achieve whether they work hard or not. For many people, the American dream is just a dream. They don’t see it as achievable dream. Ever since Adam’s stated the American dream, its been used by politicians and historians. Hillary Clinton, a politician, frequently makes use of the phrase “American dream.” Clinton states that she wants every American to receive the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Clinton is not the only politician to use this phrase; her husband, Bill Clinton, Barak Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, also seems to utilize this phrase in their campaigns. This looks to be the way they would gain the attention and approval of the many. They reach their audience in this way because they are aware of everyones wish to become…show more content…
This statistic is the bases for many people’s failure to believe in the American dream. Studies showed that in 2013, there was the widest wealth grope between the middle class and the upper class (1% of Americans). Factors such as our economy having large budget deficits and high levels of debt also contribute to no longer believing in this dream. The American dream has been becoming harder to reach a full-time job no longer provides us with the possibility to be financially stable. Narkus Jantti did a study where only about 8% American men start from the bottom fifth and rise to the top, and approximating 42% in the bottom fifth remain in the bottom when they become
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