The name the American Dream started to take

The term of American Dream is a word used for an ideal
and typical American citizen’s achievements. It is based on complete equality
and discipline. All men live in the land of America have same rights and
opportunities according to this term, and who work hard and disciplined can
achieve everything want he want because the America and his laws and human
rights provided it.

It is stated in The
Declaration of Independence and it protects this American Dream. It uses
the familiar quote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men
are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
Happiness. The Declaration continued, “That to secure these rights, Governments
are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the
governed.”1

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In the beginning, the American Dream means that every
citizen has same rights protected by law and they all are equal under the law. The
superiority of royal class is revoked by this term.   When
Christopher Columbus was explored this New Land, people were unfamiliar to this
dream, but as time passed by the civilization is increased in this New Land,
and it coined the name ”America”, with this name the American Dream started
to take a shape step by step. People started to gain social status in this
land, after a bloody fight they gave against to natives, Indians. In 1630, John
Winthrop gave his “City Upon a Hill” sermon to his fellow Puritan
colonists as they sailed with Winthrop Fleet from England to Massachusetts in
the same year. Although Winthrop never mentioned the word “dream,” he
stated in his speech that a society in which everyone would have a chance to
prosper, as long as they all stand and worked together and followed teachings
of the God, Jesus and the Holy Bible. This is an early description of ”American
Dream” also. It holds the idea of equality and unity for the sake of America
which Winthrop was stated in his sermon.

The term of ”American Dream” is actually coined by Historian
James Truslow Adams in 1931. In his book The
Epic of America, Adams described “that dream of a land in which life
should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each
according to ability or achievement.”2 The word “American
Dream” gradually began to appear in newspaper articles and books after it
invented by James Truslow. It is used for propaganda and marketing of America.
Many people immigrate to this land to make their dreams true and achieve their ”American
Dream”. It is easily said that this term make America more popular. In order
to grow that popularity, it is used in many books as a description of multi-millionaire.
For instance, by the early 20th century, it was a euphemism for upward economic
mobility — the prototypical American rags-to-riches dream. In Sherwood
Anderson’s 1916 novel Windy McPherson’s
Son, for example, the author described his protagonist as “an American
multi-millionaire, a man in the midst of his money-making, one who had realized
the American Dream.”3

 

On one hand, for many people ”American Dream” is
related with a good and decent job, family and prosperity. This prosperity
includes a good, self-contained house without a mortgage, a car fully-paid. On
the other hand, it is beyond that materialist idea and these stuffs.  For them it is the dream of living a simple,
happy and fulfilling life and the most important features being faith and
equality. “The American Dream” also is about liberty and America
being the country of unlimited opportunities. The idea beyond of American Dream
can change person to person but it is really clear that there is not enough
space for women beyond this idea. When we considered the time of origin of this
idea, it can be seen social status of women precisely. So, this ”dream” does
not include women much, but there are so many powerful and independent women in
America throughout history, what about their American Dream?

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