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    The “American Dream”. The dictionary definition is “the aspirational belief in the US that all individuals are entitled to the opportunity for success and upward social mobility through hard work.” (Dictio

    Is the American Dream dead?

    The “American Dream”. The dictionary definition is “the aspirational belief in the US that all individuals are entitled to the opportunity for success and upward social mobility through hard work.” (Dictionary.com)  We hear that term often, but for every...

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    • Hey Brendon!
      Thank you for your post, I found it very interesting. I really liked how you pulled specific examples from the books and articles you have read. Something that surprised me was the fact that 16% of the people interviewed thought being wealthy was a crucial part of the American Dream. In my opinion the American Dream has evolved from what it was in 1931. I think that today it is much more individual based. However, I don’t think we talk about it as much as a country, and I definitely think some people have given up on it.

      Sydney

    • Hey Brendon!
      I really enjoyed your post, It was very interesting and really made me think about American Cultures and Values. You used a great deal of real world examples and tied different arguments together and it fit really well. One opinion I have is that the American Dream is not dead and just merely slowed down. In the beginning of the 20th century I think is when the American Dream was at it’s peak. People still have a lot of opportunities in this country and will have these opportunities for a lot of years to come. Thank you for sharing your piece, it really brought a lot of valid points to this topic

      Rohan

    • Brendon,
      I like your thoughts on the American Dream! I think we still try to hold on to that idea as a country when it’s a bit outdated. I also think it’s more geared towards those who are more privileged. I would suggest you take a look at The American Dream by Edward Albee. It’s a play that takes a look at the American Dream and its effect on society. It’s definitely worth the read. What do you think we need to change in our country in order to find a new American Dream?

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    Jonah, I really like your essay. You did a good job of supporting your claims with evidence from different sources. I also like your cover picture and how it has a hidden meaning. The apples are all different kinds and their mixed together, similar to how America is a melting pot.

  • Ben, overall I really enjoy your essay. I like how you included the Bill of Rights and more specifically the first amendment. One critique that I have is you may want to stay away from using statements like “I believe”, “I think”, etc. Besides that this essay was well written. I think you could’ve included The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time…Read More

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    What does it mean to be an American? You could do a survey of one-hundred people asking this question and there’s a good chance you would get close to one-hundred different answers. In a way, that itself a

    What it Means to be an American

    What does it mean to be an American? You could do a survey of one-hundred people asking this question and there’s a good chance you would get close to one-hundred different answers. In a way, that itself answers your...

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    • Brendon, I found this article very interesting. I like how you tied in two books from the author Sherman Alexie, I’ve read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and it ties into this topic very well. I think you could have added on and said that this book also shows racial equality.

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