All Americans should have freedom, equality and rights. Many people moved to America to live the American Dream. But what exactly does that mean? The American dream could be defined many different ways depending on who you ask. Our founding fathers established a Bill of Rights which states all the freedoms and rights you have as an American citizen. Freedom of religion, assembly, press, petition and speech are to me the most important rights. To be able to voice what you believe in and to choose what to believe in is very important. Racial equality has always been a huge right in America that people seem to argue and fight over. Martin Luther King Jr. stood against the racial segregation and inequality in his, “I Have a Dream” Speech. America has overcome lots of racial issues but it still is a problem today in some places. Also throughout the years, the American Dream has changed into who has the best house or the best job, when it used to be pride and want for a better future. In the article, “The Transformation of the ‘American Dream’”, Robert Shiller says, “(The American Dream) involves owning a beautiful home and a roaring business, but it wasn’t always so. Instead, in the 1930’s, it meant freedom, mutual respect and equality of opportunity. It had more to do with morality than material success” (Shiller para 2). I think this is a very accurate explanation of how the American Dream has changed and it is sad to me that people base their life off of material success and not freedom and happiness in a safe country where you have your own rights to live whatever life you want to live.
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