The American Dream1

It is not uncommon for one to pursue their dreams. For example, students
incessantly work with the objective of academic success. Frequently, these students have
set certain goals for themselves and strive to reach them. The American dream can be
compared to a grade that a student works relentlessly to obtain. This is evidently a goal
that one sets for himself/herself. The dream is a grade, not always being easy to achieve,
yet attainable through keen determination and hard work. As people migrate across the
Atlantic Ocean from foreign countries with a certain goal, they see the Statue of Liberty
holding her torch of freedom. Then, each new set of eyes that sees this bold statue is
assimilated by the wave of exuberance that sweeps their hearts. After the bewilderment
stops, the new immigrants realize that they are about to step foot in America, home of the
free and land of opportunity.
Majorities of people who immigrate to this country or who are native to this land
have a distinct dream of what life will be like in America. Upon painting this original
and bold picture in their minds, themes of freedom, prosperity and success all permeate
throughout most dreams. By viewing the American dreams of St. Jean De Crevecoeur,
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Iola Leroy, and the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments
and Resolutions, one can clearly notice the differences and similarities among the
American Dream.
St. Jean De Crevecoeur called the American dream a positive experience. De
Crevecoeur emigrated from Europe to America around 1754. In his eyes, America was a
fresh sheet of paper awaiting a new painting of the good life. According to his views,
Americans can originate from anywhere and still be called an American. De Crevecoeur
believes eyes sought after the American dream, and many found even more.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American with his own goals. Although he was a
black man living in a harsh time, his influence spread to many aspects of the world. King
had a dream, and because he didnít keep it isolated to himself, the world listened.
Although his dream was one of many, he played one of the most significant roles upon
pursuing it. He stood for what he believed in and took a stand to try and liberate America
from injustice. During his most popular speech he said, ..I still have a dream. It is a
dream deeply rooted in the American dreamI have a dream that all men are created equal.
Although Kings dream was far from being foreign to the Constitution of the United
States, it was the fact that one line was disregarded and never fully implemented. It
clearly states, in our constitution that we all have equal rights, in everything that we do.
Kings dream was to awaken the world, and stop the unjustified mistreatment of blacks.
His persevering efforts ultimately showed the world that skin color is simply a minor
detail that just makes each one of us different and unique physically. His dream was to
unite Americans of varying skin color, and give blacks the opportunities they deserved to
have as citizens of the United States of America. Kings goal was not one that was easily
manageable; nevertheless he worked hard and fulfilled his American dream.
Iola Leroy is another individual who relentlessly sought out her American dream.
She longed for triumph in her battle versus slavery and fought for her freedom.
According to her, her American dream was always in place, there were just mountains
and bridges to climb. Before she was able to reach her American dream she believed that
she needed to be reunited with her family, since she was separated from her family as a
slave and a child. While freedom was not the only challenge to Iola , her self-worth was
what she really yearned for. She wanted to reform society and alter the way people
looked down at blacks. One of her goals was to teach communities how to work together.
Her success was in making a true difference in the world as she saw it and her freedom
came from surviving the world that she was in. Therefore, by finally obtaining her
self-worth, she also was one that pursued her American dream and conquered all
The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions was written in 1848
by a group of approximately 300 individuals consisting of both men and women. This
rarely known document, although just a piece of paper, is in