The American Dream As A Pipe Dream

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The American Dream has been the backbone for hard work and dedication in The United States. The concept of a better life, a richer life and a fuller life is difficult for anyone to refuse. Since this term was coined by James Truslow Adams, individuals from near and far have traversed miles and miles in order to reach this land of opportunity that we call The United States of America. Although the American Dream has inspired people to improve their quality of life, it is clear that the opportunity to achieve the American Dream is not equal. Could this American Dream really be just a pipe dream?

The act of improving your social class has struck motivation into the hearts of middle and working class Americans. According to The American Dream,
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Although there is freedom and opportunity, the line has been crossed many times in the name of equality. People are not treated the same whether it be on there gender, race, religion or age. Fredrick Douglass, a freed slave, stated, "What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?" Fredrick Douglass is insisting that the so called independence celebrated in the United States, does not include himself or others that share his color of skin. Fredrick Douglass was a freed slave, so he experienced the evils of slavery. During Douglass ' speech, the African American population were being treated cruelly, so the claim on the distribution of independence is perfectly addressing the inequality in the United States. On the other hand, the Declaration of Independence articulated on the preposition, "that all men are created equal." In other words, every citizen that steps onto American soil, is neither more nor less significant than each other in any way, shape, or form. Although the Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal, it is clear that the founding fathers were only thinking about wealthy, white males because they were the only people that had any type of power at that time in

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