The American Dream
Pre-Ap English-Hour 5
“The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.” –Ronald Reagan. The American dream, though just a phrase, signifies freedom for every man; the freedom to make their dreams a reality.
In the 17th century thousands of colonists from England came to the Americas seeking religious and political freedom. At that time the government in England was a Monarchy ruled by King George I and after him his son, King George II. There was wide spread unemployment in England at that time. Tenant farmers were no longer needed on the large estates as land owners were switching from growing crops to raising sheep, which did not require as many laborers. This left many families homeless and traveling around the countryside looking for work.
“The American dream was born out of the colonists who first came to what we now know as America, they wanted to be free from the English Kings. Something in them wanted to come here to find a new home/their own land.” -Sandy Trump. Learning of the promise of land and opportunity, the colonists sought a new start in the Americas. These colonists sacrificed everything when they left England to sail to the Americas. When they arrived, they would be stepping into unfamiliar territory with no guarantees and no certainties. The sacrifices were great but worthwhile, to have the freedom to do as they pleased. They sacrificed everything because there was new land to farm, livestock to raise, and a chance to establish a new living. The American dream was created and founded by the colonists. It began with the bravery and independence needed to leave the land they knew and travel across the sea to create a new life and live in freedom. Throughout our history the American dream grew with the help of extraordinary men such as our founding fathers, Abraham Lincoln,...
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