Yes America does still provide the American Dream. Most people don't think the American Dream is still available. Even though America may still provide access to the American Dream through hard work, opportunities, and inalienable rights, we, as people, still need to go out and seek the American Dream. With the American Dream comes hard work. Most of the time, the American Dream does not just fall into one’s hands. Dan Rather gives an example of this by highlighting Delores Kesler’s rise, noting the she "began her career at 22 with a series of dead-end jobs, struggling to make ends meet" (41). She had to start at the bottom and work her way up to where she is now. Delores Kesler had to work hard to be able to achieve her dream of becoming a self-made millionaire. He also shows the importance of seeking help by telling the story of Curtis G. Alkens Sr., who “believes that he would have disappeared completely if he hadn’t, at 26, finally asked for help” (Rather, 45) had he not done so, he would not be able to read today. “Collins pursued her dream, joining Air Force ROTC at Syracuse University….Eventually...on NASA” (44) Rather begins to tell a story on how Eileen Collins had the dream to fly and she just had to work hard enough to achieve her dream. Collins knew she wanted to fly but she did not know how she would be able to do it because she came from a family that did not have much. A lot of people do not understand that in order to succeed the American Dream, one must ask for help, or seek out for help through others. From hard work comes a variety of opportunities to have access to the American Dream. The more opportunities granted to a person, the better chance he or she has to have access to the American Dream. Wayne Ward Ford once said, “I was doing drugs, robbing, breaking into apartments” (Rather 42). Ford was a trouble young man that got the opportunity to accept a football scholarship to change his life around and follow his dream and is now the only...
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