What does the term "American Dream" mean, and why does Dr Martin Luther King Jr. use this term in his “I Have a Dream” speech?

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In the August 23, 1963 speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, "the American Dream" denotes the opportunity and freedom of every man and woman, regardless of race, color, or creed, to be able to achieve what they are able to do. In addition, this dream implies that no matter what...

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In the August 23, 1963 speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, "the American Dream" denotes the opportunity and freedom of every man and woman, regardless of race, color, or creed, to be able to achieve what they are able to do. In addition, this dream implies that no matter what their race, people will be treated equally and be recognized for their achievements.

In his speech Dr. King states that his dream is deeply rooted in the American Dream. He hopes that the words of the Declaration of Independence, that "all men are created equal," will come true and that the descendants of former slaves and those of former slave owners will be able to "sit down together at the table of brotherhood." He hopes that there will be equality of races.

With this hope Dr. King extends his dream of racial equality to equality of religion as well. Certainly, his speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to the huge crowd during the March on Washington demonstration did go down in history, as he said, as the largest demonstration for freedom in America's history. For, it influenced the Federal government to take direct actions to effect racial equality.

 

 

 

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