what is an american dream?

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georgiacropper96 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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The American Dream is the idea that you can be anybody, do anything and live any life that you wanted to live, and nothing could stop you. The idea was that by going to America you could achieve all of the above.

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The American dream as mentioned above, refers to the opportunity to make whatever life one wants for him or herself regardless of background, education, or previous experience. In modern times, the American Dream could be described as a big house, two nice automobiles, a good job, 2 children, and a dog.

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irha-nadeem | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

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seapoodles | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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The American dream is the concept that anyone can come to this country, reguardless of class or birth right, get and education, work hard and achieve sucess. This potential for great sucess is not possible in many countries. America enjoys a democractic society in which it really does not matter who you parents are or where you were raised but with hard work and perservearence you can excell. Some excellent examples are:

Jackie Robinson



Cary Grant

Dr. Phil

Harry Houdini



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