The Effects Of The American Dream

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What was the biggest lie of centuries? The American Dream, the land of prosperity, and the land of the free. No, the pursuit of happiness was the biggest trick. The most important thing to know is even though it was a lie, human perseverance has also made some of it a reality. The process of entering the United States was entirely a struggle. None the less, America was still the land of opportunity and fortune for those who were ambitious and possessed a great will to acquire their dream. However, for the majority who believed in the dream, there were many things that undermined and limited them from truly acquiring their American dream. The main limiting factors of being able to live the American ideals were immigration, assimilation/naturalization, …show more content…
To immigrate into the united states, individuals needed to pass rigorous screenings and examinations to ensure that they were fit for being inside the growing nation. The most prevalent situation where this was seen is Ellis Island, the screening process of European immigrants (Petersen Immigration). They had designed a series of tests for mental and physical heals defect. They also created a series of marking that they would mark on individuals if they were found to have defects. If these defects were significant to a certain degree they would be sent back though, “only about 2% of immigrants were sent home.” (Petersen Immigration pt2 S9). On the other hand, Chinese were being detained indefinitely at Angel Island off the coast of San Francisco Bay. The most common people to be detained were wives of men who had arrived prior. They were often detained for several weeks at a time. It is important to note that at this time, women were considered property of the man. The federal law defined women as “perpetual dependents” which forces them to depend on their male counterpart, who are already in the United States, to pick them up from Angel Island Holding Facility for them to enter the United States (Fields). This, on its own, undermines the all of the American ideal. Just barely being able to start a family in the united states. However, just getting inside is only the first …show more content…
Manifest destiny states that “The expansive future is our arena, and for our history. We are entering on its untrodden space…” with optimism for the creation of a greater nation like none other. Also stating that “We have no interest in the scenes of antiquity…” (O’Sullivan). However, it was stated, reality stated that women were objectified as male property since the ‘man was in charge’ ideals. As stated in the Declaration of Sentiments, "He has compelled her to submit to laws. In the formation of which she had no voice," and "He has withheld from her rights which are given to the most ignorant and degraded men –both native and foreigner" (Stanton). This lack of gender equality eradicated the dream for many women who though immigrating, escaping, or assimilation into America would offer them a greater opportunity to have a public

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