The American Dream Is An Illusion

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The American Dream has traditionally been defined as owning a home with a white picket fence, a family, and dog. This is how many people have come to view the American Dream; however this may not be the case anymore. What it means to be living the American Dream has changed since it was defined by James Truslow Adams in 1931. He defined it as a land where life should be better, richer, and fuller for everyone. Some will say that the American Dream no longer exists others will argue that the meaning has changed. The American Dream is still attainable, however it is more difficult to attain due to changes in the economy and social structure. The economy plays a large role in the change to the American Dream. The 2007 recession resulted in large…show more content…
Gregory Clark in “The American Dream Is an Illusion” states that “countries that selected elite immigrants to begin with now have high-performing immigrant classes”, this leads to questioning whether the American Dream is achievable for anyone or only a select population of people. However, this is not the case as many immigrants come for the opportunity for their children to succeed. An example of this is the Garcia family who came to America in the hopes of being able to provide a better life for their two daughters. Many parents come to the United States for their children rather than themselves. This is especially true for Hispanic residents; in fact their faith in the American Dream surpasses that of other races. According to Clark, “immigrant groups tend to retain the social status that they arrive with”, this suggests that there is no chance for one to move up the social and economic ladder. However, that does not prevent the children of these immigrants and their future generations from moving up. This is demonstrated by the Garcia family who came to the United States for their daughters, while Jorge and Sara Garcia may not have moved up the social ladder, their daughters did due to their hard work and belief in the American Dream. This shows that the American Dream is still attainable, but that it is harder to achieve due to changes to the economic and social structure of the United
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