What Is The American Dream? Essay

1886 Words Dec 12th, 2015 8 Pages
What is the American dream? “James Truslow Adams, in his book The Epic of America, which was written in 1931, stated that the American dream is "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” (The American Dream 1). This being a basic meaning of the American Dream but in some way everyone has an individual meaning of the American Dream, so it is hard to put it in general terms. People could see the American dream as just being able to get to America or being able to reside in America. But now a days it is harder to accomplish so many things due to laws and terrorist threats, so we ask ourselves, is the American Dream dead? Is the American dream still around waiting to be achieved by those who work hard enough for it, or is it effectively dead, killed off by the Great Recession and the economic hardships that many Americans have come to face? Statistics reveal alarming facts, including trillions of dollars lost in the stock market (Paradis, 2009). While these losses, combined with admittedly high unemployment in the past few years, have contributed to seemingly dismal prospects for prosperity in the United States, I believe that the ideals and values of the American Dream are still very much alive. In fact, the original term “American Dream” was coined during the Great Depression by James Truslow Adams, who wrote that the American dream “is that dream of a land in…

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