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The American
Dream is known in today’s society as living the dream. America is known as the
country of freedom and opportunity where any man or woman can have a fair
chance at achieving a desired goal. Some people look at the American Dream as
having two parents, financial stability, and social freedoms.  The American dream is more easily achieved by
certain people over others. Even though America is the land of freedom and
equality there are many struggles due to race, social status, and even gender.
Race, Social status and gender are huge factors that play a role in one’s
ability to live the American Dream. They are discriminated against because of
the color of their skin, how much money they make, or whether they are male or
female. Let’s look at the Martin King Jr’s Speech and The Civil Rights Act of
1964 and 1968.

 

 

“I
Have a Dream” is a public speech delivered by American civil rights
activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom on August 28, 1963,
in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for
civil and economic rights. He wanted to promise equality for all. His speech
became a huge success. The DREAM speech is a treasure in our history and now a
national holiday. He talks about racism and discrimination. Discrimination
against a person based on their race is one of the main causes of a person
having a fair opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Martin Luther quotes
the following, “I have a
dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black
girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as
sisters and brothers.” Racism is not as bad as it was back in the day but it is
still very prevalent in today’s society. We might not have the same issues or
problem that they had 50 years ago but we have discrimination today. “I
have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where
they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their
character.” We still have work to do but times are better than they were
50 years ago. Jesse Jackson stated that “If you fall behind, run faster. Never
give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds”.

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In the early
1920’s, African American writers, musicians and performers took place in a
great cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. This is also known as
the New Negro Movement. Due to the great migration north, one of the most significant
demographic events in the United States, African Americans moved north in
search of better opportunities. The Harlem Renaissance was an outpouring of
creative expression by African Americans that had bottled up by the constraints
of serration. Northern States had more opportunities such as higher wages, more
jobs, access to health care, schooling and more voting rights. The Negro Speaks
of the Rivers Poem has a quote “My soul has grown deep like the rivers.” This
quote states that the river flows in one direction and is peaceful. This is
like the opportunities that were given to the African Americans traveling to
the North. Rivers have a source of where the begin and where they end. So, does
the American Dream. The American Dream has a beginning goal and an end goal.
The next quote comes from Dream Deferred. “Does it stink like rotten meat?”. This
means that dreams can haunt us but the smell reminds us to do something about it
and throw it away in the trash. The American Dream can haunt us if we don’t do
something about it then we will never be successful. The squeaky wheel gets the
grease.

 

A Raisin in the
Sun is based on a poor African American family living in the South Side of
Chicago in the 1950’s. Lena Younger who is the mom receives a $10,000 insurance
check when her husband passed away. She wants to use the money to buy a house
but her son Walter has other ideas on how to use the money. Walter wants to
invest the money in a liquor store. Walter has a conversation with mom wanting
to use the money for investments and his mom trusts him to use the money on his
family not the investments. His sister wants to use the money for medical school.
Walter is talking to Ruth who wants to use the money for school. The mom trusts
Walter is use the money as a down payment and Walter loses the money and makes
a deal with Clybourne Park Improvement Association, which intends to buy back Lena’s
new house in order to keep the neighborhood white. Walter refuses to sell the house.
 Walter does not want Walter Jr. to worry
about the money. He just wants him to receive an education.

 

In conclusion,
the American Dream is achievable if you work hard and try your best. Americans
are here to pursue their hopes and dreams and lead a full life. Even if you
come to American as a poor immigrant, you can still have the opportunity to go
to school, have a job, climb up to the top of the mountains, because the supervisor,
and much more. The achievement of the American dream comes down to your motivation
and determination. Its your attitude and willingness to work as hard as you can
towards your goals. If you work hard anyone can achieve their goals. America is
called the land of the free and promises equal opportunities to all. No matter
how many opportunities there are it up to the person to achieve the American
Dream. 

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