Relationships make up America. Whether it be relationships between citizens and immigrants, relationships between people with different races, religions or sexual identities, or relationships between people in different political parties, there are always different relationships revolving around us. In the book, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis, many relationships between different people are presented. The book is placed in the mid-1900’s and shows the struggles of a mom, Hattie, raising 12 kids in America. Hattie gives birth to twins when she is 17 years old and had many major conflicts. As a woman of color during this time period she wasn’t treated equally already and the man she had the twins with wasn’t supportive in raising her children. Hattie raised 12 children and tried her hardest for them to have freedom and feel accepted and equal in America. Hattie’s american dream of success and happiness for her family is the main subject of the book by Ayana Mathis. Mathis really incorporates the importance of relationships with others, equality and freedom, and the American Dream.

The american dream has changed completely over the years. It went from wanting to live the best life possible with freedom and equality to how much money you can have and how big your house is or how cool your car is. Immigrants left their homelands to come to America in hope for land and freedom. Equality has always been one of those freedoms and rights. No matter what race, gender or religion you identify with, you should have equal rights and be treated the same. The article “How the American Dream Has Changed Over Time” really focuses on the major changes in rights and wants of americans. People are now striving for the incredibly fake lives they are watching on television instead of living their own realistic lifes. Many people believe the american dream is dead and that people don’t strive for equality and freedom anymore but I think this is one of the biggest conflicts in america and it needs to be changed. In class we have been watching the documentary “American Creed”. Equality, freedom and the american dream are highly mentioned in this article. The documentary talks about how immigrants were not liked and how people didn’t want the immigrants to be in America. The immigrants came to America for a better life and are trying to improve life and the citizens are disrupting their rights and freedoms. Everybody in America should feel safe and able to voice their opinion and be treated the same. America was built on these rights and should continue to keep the freedoms that the founding fathers established.



Works cited:

American Creed. Citizen Film and PBS. 2018


“How the American Dream Has Changed Over Time.” Gale Student Resources in Context, Gale,    2016. Student Resources in Context, Accessed 23 Oct. 2017.


Mathis, Ayana. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. 2012.


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