What is the American Dream?
By Jachael Brooks
What if I told you that you could have the ultimate freedom, equality and opportunity in life that
you want and deserve? Well you can! It’s called the American Dream. The American Dream is something
that all people in America aspire to have. The American Dream is something of great value to all
What is this American Dream? The Dictionary describes the American Dream as “the ideals of freedom,
equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American”. The term “American
Dream” is an idea that suggests that through hard work and determination, all people have the potential
to live happy, successful lives.
Clearly, there would be many different meanings according to different people based on race, religion
and background. The American Dream started some time ago. As stated by Wikipedia, “Since its
founding in 1776, the United States has regarded and promoted itself as an Empire of Liberty and
prosperity. The ethos today simply indicates the ability, through participation in the society and
economy, for everyone to achieve prosperity. According to the dream, this includes the opportunity for
one's children to grow up and receive a good education and career without artificial barriers. It is the
opportunity to make individual choices without the prior restrictions that limited people according to
their class, caste, religion, race, or ethnicity”.
Well how do American’s feel about this “dream”? For example, if we go explore different opinions, it
may give us a clearer picture of what that American Dream means to different people. When asked,
“What does the American Dream mean to you?” Allen (an African-American from Virginia) said “The
American Dream to me is both an illusion and a deception. We all cannot, and do not, get to live the
lives we want. Those cannot live the fantasy of earning a lot of money legally then do so illegally. Our...