The American Dream

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Is the American Dream a reality or a mindset? The American Dream has incorporated the idea of freedom, equality, and an opportunity for prosperity, which is available to every American. In fact, the notion of the American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence. Adams described the American Dream as “that dream of a land in which life should be better, richer and fuller for every man, with the opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement” (qtd. in Kamp 4). Unfortunately, what Adams described is not always the case even as much as most Americans would want it to be. Thus, Americans turn a blind eye to the social hierarchy, which makes attaining the national American Dream harder for some races, individuals with disabilities and even women. Every individual has their opinion of what the American Dream means to them, which tends to include upward mobility and the opportunity to prosper. Over the last few decades there has been significant advancements in media and technology. Consequently, changing the idea of the American Dream drastically throughout the years. People’s views of the American Dream have drastically changed because of social media. Supposedly, the American Dream is about being able to get that great job, nice house, and address all of one’s needs and wants. There are external and internal problems with the American Dream. The American Dream is fairly unattainable for many people because of social and political restraints. The “American
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