Shortcomings In The American Dream

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New York City swelled with a surge of European immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as they flowed in they settled in tenement buildings in Lower Manhattan. Fleeing conditions, such as famine, revolution, and poverty nevertheless adapting to a new life in an unfamiliar land prove to have its challenges. That, however, did not stop the influx of immigrants who remain filled with optimism for a better life. Despite this optimism, immigrants had many shortcomings as they had neither education, nor money, nor shelter making assimilating into American culture complicated by hindering their ability to support themselves. Although there were trials and tribulations to face upon entering a new world, there are the success stories such as Mario Puzo’s “The Fortunate Pilgrim.” The Angeluzzi-Corbo family did whatever was necessary to ensure the survival and achievement of the American Dream. Led by the family 's matriarch Lucia Santa their success is a testament to their strength, despite the harsh realities of their daily lives in the tenements their story renews the hope as to why the American Dream continues to thrive today. America continues to lure in dreamers despite the political, economic, and societal climate of the country many immigrants seek a better life here. Walking to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, one might notice the modern skyscrapers towering over the aging, narrow, low-rise apartment buildings. These apartments were built in and around 1863,
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