"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand" (Truman). This could not be more true. The United States of America symbolizes so many different things for everyone like hope, prosperity, freedom, and a new beginning. The American Dream is "an American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity" and egalitarianism is "a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic affairs" (Merriam-Webster).
America has been built on the foundations of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but how have those words help to define what our country is as a whole? America could not have become what it is without the foundations created by our founding fathers. With the unalienable rights established by our founding fathers, we, as citizens, are blessed to live a prosperous life in which our future is determined by our actions. America is a country where a man can have a dream and accomplish it, become one with his fellow citizens, and discover new innovations daily. Being an American gives citizens the right the live the American dream, cultivate the world’s melting pot, and strive to innovate new ideas.
The American Dream is this idea that every American has an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. Each citizen is had earned to live a happy life in America. In the poem “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes, it is stated that the American Dream is non-existent. Many may think it is there an American Dream, however, it is just an idea that has never been conceived. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the American Dream is present; however it is very hard for one to achieve.
Obama notes “…because in generous America you don’t have to be rich to achieve potential” (79). In that statement even the current President of the United States knows that the dream is still out there and not even one’s financial status can change that. In America anything is possible and money will not change anything because everyone has an equal opportunity to pursue their dream. In regards to achieving one’s dream, the Declaration of Independence has a significant effect on not only American history but also the equal opportunity to achieving an American Dream. In The Declaration of Independence Thomas Edison addresses the concerns the American citizen had with Britain.
The U.S does not prioritize education, and Moore provides legitimate facts that support the underfunded school systems. Schools decrease learning material by allowing “70 percent of those who graduate from America’s colleges are not required to learn a foreign language” overall limiting all American college graduates by only speaking one language opposed to the rest of the world being able to speak multiple languages. The government underfunds teacher’s salary’s, therefore, having no motivation to do their best in inspiring the future generations to become successful limits our society as a whole. One of Moore’s best points to support the lack of governmental intervention on education can be seen in the money the government spends on their own officials, such as a Congressman who makes around “$145,100” compared to the “average teacher salary of $41,351” (Moore 129). Moore’s essay may be a bit extreme and over exaggerated, but the facts he includes makes his essay very important.
Thomas Paine’s characterization of America from Rights of Man is formulated around the idea that the government, which was conceived "on the principles of society and the rights of man," is responsible for the country's prominent social, political and economic equality. America is often thought of as a land of opportunity, equality and freedom. While Paine’s characterization of America today does not necessarily utilize all of those ideals, it is mainly centered on a country where everyone is treated as equals regardless of their social, political and economic standing. Many would agree that Paine’s idea is an absurd one, even Paine could not have been completely honest with himself, speaking about a utopia where all are treated equal when
However, there exist some mismatching and biased claims. The first sentence, which reads, “If there is a country in the world...according to the common calculation, would be least expected, it is America” is no longer an accurate description of America, for the standard of the “common calculation” has changed and for America is now a prominent nation. Also, the statements that proclaim that “the poor are not oppressed, the rich are not privileged” and “as there is
The American Dream is the idea that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. In other words, an individual who has money, a vehicle, a place of residence, formal clothes, and a happy family is living the American Dream. The novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays the theme :the decline of the American Dream. With that being said the essay “Moral Perfection” by Benjamin Franklin and the art piece “Immigrants Arriving at Ellis Island” further my understanding of the theme portrayed in The Great Gatsby. Furthermore, The Great Gatsby is a novel that demonstrates/gives the reader a more detailed explanation and vivid picture
In the 1920’s, social classes were divided with a large gap. The poor wanted nothing to do with the rich, and the rich wanted even less to do with the poor. In the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, he uses the class structure in the 1920’s to redefine poverty. While the rich people in the novel are material rich, they are still “poor” socially and psychologically. Poverty is shown in a differently in this book than other books being written in this time era, and in doing this, it shows the rich what they are, and how they treat others from a different perspective.
In the current political environment, the question “What does it mean to be an American” is one that really caused me to think and reflect deeply. And while some are vowing to “Make America Great Again”, I think there are already a number of things that already make America great and make me proud to be an American. Early on, our founding fathers suggested through the Constitution that at its core, what it meant to be American was simply “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That’s a fairly simplistic notion and the focus of my essay explores whether this literal interpretation can still apply in today’s more complex society or whether being an American requires more than that. As I try to answer this question myself, I began first by trying to inventory the things I appreciate most about America. I quickly determined that the things I cherish most might be quite different than my other classmates, friends, and possibly my own family and that’s when I realized that the discretion to express your own ideas and to think
Overall, America has not changed all too much throughout the years, but whenever it does, it is for the better. John Paine’s passage regarding America continues to reign true today no matter how many years have passed. The freedoms in America is something that inspired him, as evidence by this passage in Rights of a Man. The vast diversity intrigued him. His claims about America more than two centuries ago are still present in our country today.
However, for many students today, this equal footing is nothing but a dream. Constantly, US schools in black and latino neighborhoods have been severely understaffed and underfunded. “A quarter of high schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students do not offer Algebra II; a third of these schools do not offer chemistry” (Heffling). Schools not offering these basic courses to their students simply due to a lac of funding significantly impacts the performance of black and latino students in the post-secondary world. In fact, nearly 51% of all public school students come from a household that is near or below the federal poverty line (Layton).
Before this, the colonists were never really trusted this much and just about everyone did not have a problem with the Bill of Rights. It benefited the safety and the colonist’s livelihood in general like they had never felt before. Some historians believe that the Bill of Rights was one of the most important factors in being able to legitimately call America the “land of the free”. The Bill of Rights also played a large role in establishing governmental policies and laws which outline our way of life even today. The Bill of Rights is still in effect today and will hopefully always be, just as our founding fathers meant for them to
In America there is a very real financial divide among the people. Financial stability starts with education, although a large portion of the American population cannot afford it. Depending on your parents economic standing you may or may not be able to afford college, among other things. College opens the door for many opportunities, including having the capacity to provide for your family. Various authors today are still writing about the ongoing issue of poverty and the ways to climb out of it.
Racial Wealth Gap in America Inequality is by no means a new concept within America; from slavery, discrimination, and prejudice, the United States has been quite a playing ground for social inequality. Although slavery was officially abolished in December 1865(“America”), its influence on the U.S. continues to ring through society. Specifically in the case of racial wealth disparity, White Americans continue to hold benefits and privileges that are not given to African Americans. This has left an uneven distribution of wealth between the two. This racial wealth disparity between White Americans and African Americans is reflected through the median of accumulated household wealth and a lack of opportunities for African Americans in the job