The Land Of Opportunity Essay

1295 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 null Page
The United States of America, often dubbed the “Land of Opportunity,” has always been viewed as a place where even the lowest of the low could go to try to make a name for themselves. A nation of the liberty to pursue ambitions, a haven for outcasts, a new world for people to establish for themselves. Since its birth, people have flooded into its ports and worked the malleable land into homes and farms and cities. These same people sought refuge from cruel and unyielding governments and found land to call their own while they chased freedom. All throughout America’s history, its people have been filled with one shining dream: a dream of bettering themselves and their futures. But given the current disparity between the different socioeconomic levels in America, the dream has morphed into a source of frustration for those not fortunate enough to be born with a degree of familial wealth. America was established on the back of the Protestant Reformation and then later on the ideals of the Enlightenment. When the English pilgrims first made their way to America, they were predominantly wealthier Calvinists, Anabaptists, and other members of different sects of Protestantism who were not quite as welcome in Europe after the split from the Catholic Church. The early Calvinist and Puritan doctrines brought to the New World were founded essentially upon the ideas of predestination and the individual responsibility to reorder society according to God’s plan, meaning that people were…

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