The American Dream
Many people have heard the phrase “The American Dream” but aren’t necessarily learned to what exactly it stands for. The American Dream is a phrase which was coined sometime in the 1930’s in the United States by a historian. This has now become a term which is so sweeping that at the least, nearly every American has heard of. Some people stand by the notion that the American Dream is noted in the declaration of independence, and it’s considered to be a primary characteristic of America.
In historian James Adams book where he discusses the “American Dream”, he states that generally, this concept details a life and landscape which is richer and fuller, and given more opportunity and achievement. For Adams, and many others, this concept comes rotted from the United States’ Declaration of Independence when the idea of inalienable rights comes to play. “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” is exactly what many people picture when they think about the American dream. So, while the idea has certainly deviated materialistically in detail, the overall concept has remained the same for the most part.
In modern day, the American Dream for many would be an idealistic lifestyle with a steady job, a happy marriage, a beautiful, classic home with a white picket fence and pool, and several children. While this idea may be a bit different for each person in what the idea of the American dream is, the goal is usually about the same: to have a life which is near worry free and the ability to find happiness and pursue what they desire. The entire idea is universal, and as integrated in many is the belief that the American dream is not classist or racist, and that any races and economic class is included in the pursuance of it.
For many people, the American dream resides on the desire of wealth and materialism, spanning from the act of attaining new and popular items, more sophisticated homes and luxuries, or being able to enroll in a popular college, have the opportunity to treat yourself and loved ones to non-necessities, and so on. Yet for many others, it’s purely a life which is free from struggle economically and otherwise, and maintained on a comfortable foundation. Regardless of the specific person or the specific desires, the American dream has always played a pivotal role in American life and culture, whether it changes or not.