In his 1931 book ‘The Epic of America,’ historian James Truslow Adams defined the ‘American Dream’ as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.”

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In his 1931 book ‘The Epic of America,’ historian James Truslow Adams defined the ‘American Dream’ as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.” As for me, I consider the ‘American Dream’ as what I would consider a ‘perfect life.’ A life full of happiness, cars, love, good job, healthiness and spare time for my family and I. My American Dream may be very different from that of others, and that’s what makes us all individuals. I believe my American Dream is still alive, and I work hard to achieve it. According to Samuel J. Abrams, most people believe they are living the American Dream. To most, their American Dream does not involve wealth or a successful career but good family life and having the freedom of choice in how to live (Abrams, 2019).
According to my research, the American dream is all about hustling for most people in the US today. In an interview with Steve Williams, an Uber driver, achieving the American dream requires much toiling and sacrifice. Steve is a 35years old American man who has been working as an uber driver for quite long. The Haiti-born man moved to New York City 16 years ago and has been working as an uber driver. To him, the American Dream means having adequate family time while still earning. Steve says he works 10 to 13 hours a day, “sometimes more.” He proceeds to concede that he lost his family time and, therefore, have not attained his American Dream. After expenses, but before Uber takes its cut of 25%, Steve earns a total of $2,342 after month. Steve states that life in America is better as compared to his home country. Achieving the American dream is, however, becoming hard for him each day given the unstable economy, inequality, and technological advancements. He adds that the American Dream is unique and some people fail to achieve it because of the economic instability in the country.
In another interview with Doreen Navuluri, a Philippine-born nurse and who works at a local hospital, her American Dream is attainable. Doreen states that she belives she is “living it.” “I am living it. My American dream.” Doreen migrated to the United States in 1987 at the age of 29. The country was experiencing “nursing shortage” at the time, which allowed her to become a citizen in the US. She was married with two daughters by then and was working at a small-town hospital in the Philippines. All she wanted was a “new environment.” Lucky for her, she passed the U.S Licensure Exam on her first attempt, escaping the threat of deportation. Her American dream has been to be financially stable and to expose her two daughters to the other side of the world. She hopes they get financial independence as well, which is also her American dream. Doreen believes the American dream is unique since it has been pursued for decades. Doreen will be retiring end this year and believes she has served well enough to ensure her children, grandchildren as well as other people in the community attain their American dream.
I also interviewed a student from our school in an attempt to find out what his American dream was and whether he believes it is attainable. Arnold Roberts is 21 years old and was born and raised in Seattle. According to, American dream to him is all about having a better future for his children and family. He hopes to get a full-time job after school and become financially stable to support his children and family. He identifies higher education as the main factor that will help him to achieve his American dream. He, therefore, believes that with education, his American dream is attainable. Roberts hopes that with his efforts, his children will be able to live the American dream. Roberts, however, the cost of education is too high for some students to achieve. A four-year college education has adjusted for inflation, two and a half times as much as it was in 1978/1979 school year while the median family income has only increased by 20% (The Editorial Board, 2017).
I also talked to Shuang Li, a businessman based in Michigan. Li is 39 years old Chinese-born man who is married to Rosa Paige, and they both have three kids. Li moved in the US in 2007 and had high expectations of establishing a business that would help him support his children and family. Right after he moved to the US, the great economic happened, which hauled his expectations. To Li, the American dream involves financial stability for him and his family and believes it is unattainable for middle-class earners like him. Li hopes that his children will utilize the education offered to them to lead a better life and achieve their American dream. He believes that the American dream is uniques because it has been carried along through different generations. Research shows that the American dream for most middle-class earners remains to be a dream. They no longer belives that working hard can help them achieve their dreams (Cohen, 2014).
Big thanks to the Americans who have served our country’s military. I talked to Johnstone Walters, a 97-old man who is a World War II veteran. Walters was born and raised in Colorado where he still resides up to today. Even though he is very old and sometimes goes out of topics, Walters provided a piece of very reliable information about the American dream for him and most of his fellow veterans. According to him, his American dream has been all about prosperity for the country, especially in wars. Walters state that most US veterans suffer disability from war, which inhibit their ability to attain the Amerian Dream. He appreciates current efforts by the US to help the veterans but hopes the country will set more programs that help veterans to achieve their America Dream: Financial security, and the freedom it offers. He states that he has achieved his American Dream, which was being safe, healthy, having family time, and being financially stable.
To Dorcas Akoko, the American Dream is unattainable. Dorcas is a Kenyan-born American who moved to the US in 2002 together with her parents. She is 28 years old and works as a beautician in Jackson, Ms, where she lives with her husband. To her, the American Dream is unattainable for most of her peers due to the income inequality in the US. What people used to earn sometimes back is quite different from what people earn today. The income inequality is expected to rise with time with continued economic instability in the country. Her American Dream includes being healthy, financially stable, and getting some family time. She states that she works for about 10-12 hours a day and “sometimes more,” but earns less than her parents, who work 8 hours or less a day. This results from the increasing income inequality in the country (Tankersley, 2016).
Sasha Poly states that the American Dream is unattainable to most people at the moment. Sasha is 32-years old financial analyst based in New York City. She is a family friend, and I got the chance to talk to her about her American Dream. According to Sasha, her American Dream is all about being financially stable and getting time for her family. She states that she has attained her American dream but believes it will be hard for most people to achieve it. Sasha states that current statistics show how poor the US economy is at the moment. Even though the US is experiencing high faster growth and low unemployment rates, quite a number of Americans still struggle to get by (Long, 2018). Sasha fears for yet another economic recession to appear, which would mean the American Dream remains to be a dream to most Americans.

Steve Williams- Uber driver. Contact information:
Doreen Navuluri- Nurse. Contact information:
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Johnstone Walters- Veteran. Contact information:
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References
Abrams, S. J. (2019). The American Dream Is Alive and Well. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/opinion/american-dream.html?module=inline
The Editorial Board (2017). Student Debt’s Grip on the Economy. The New York Times.
Cohen, M. (2014). The American Dream is now just that for its middle classes – a dream. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/26/middle-class-american-dream-just-dream
Long, H. (2018). The alarming statistics that show the U.S. economy isn’t as good as it seems. The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/05/25/the-alarming-statistics-that-show-the-u-s-economy-isnt-as-good-as-it-seems/?utm_term=.6615ed43a50e
Tankersley, J. (2016). American Dream collapsing for young adults, study says, as odds plunge that children will earn more than their parents. The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/08/american-dream-collapsing-for-young-americans-study-says-finding-plunging-odds-that-children-earn-more-than-their-parents/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8f0eb72a13db