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What is the American Dream? A Look at Our Past and Present

What is the American Dream? A Look at Our Past and Present

Why is the American Dream today so different then from a long time ago?

The American Dream back in the late twenty's and the early thirty's were basically money with the great depression going on. With that happening the American Dream to everyone was a nightmare. To them, once the land of opportunity was now the land of desperation. The people asked the maxims on what they based their life's on. Their life's were democracy, capitalism, and individuals. Between 1929 and 1932 the income between the average American family was reduced by forty percent from $2,300 to $1,500. Survival became the key word. The institutions, attitudes, lifestyles changed in this decade but democracy prevailed. Democracies suck as Germany and Italy fell to dictatorships, but the United States and its constitution survived.

Later on in 1963 there was a man named Martin Luther King Jr. His dream was for all people of the black race to have freedom and there security of justice. He wanted somehow this situation can and will be changed, his speech changed everything. From people sitting in the back of the bus or not riding at all or from have drinking fountains or using the same bathrooms Martin wanted to end that. Later on after his speech The people from the black race were later on equal and treated the same as the whites were. Its just too bad that Martin couldn't see his dream like most of us do but he would be happy to know that his dream came true.

The American Dream to me has changed now. Back then the American dream was basically the same to everyone. Now everybody has a different American Dream one could be to live a happy life with a family and kids or another could be they just want to be able to live to see another day or I want to be able to put my kids through all private schools. Those to me are American Dreams.

The American Dream can basically be anything you make it to be, and if you try hard enough your dream could come true like most of everyone else's did. Like with the depression we still prevailed and now our economy is great, or with...

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