Is America Still "The Land of Opportunity"?

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America, “The Land of the Free”, “The Home of the Brave”, “The Melting Pot”, “The Land of Milk and Honey”, “The Land Across the Pond”, “The Western World”, “Uncle Sam”, and most importantly “The Land of Opportunity”. America is still “The Land of Opportunity” because there is much more freedom in America than most other countries. There are no caste systems to limit what someone who is in America can do. Additionally an American’s destiny is created by his/her own choices, not the choices of his/her family or peers. America is a country founded by immigrants for immigrants, and although the Land of Opportunity has suffered an economic crisis in the last decade, it still maintains its reputation for being the greatest country in the world. The United States is still “The Land of Opportunity” because there are no caste systems, one’s destiny is made by his/her choices, and American freedoms are a part of everyday life. Dictionary.com defines a caste system as “a system of rigid social stratification characterized by hereditary status, endogamy, and social barriers sanctioned by custom, law, or religion” This means someone born into a low caste cannot move up to a higher caste because of this system. Although a caste system is not a set of laws, it is almost never broken because the caste system has been in place for so long. In India, for example, caste systems are used. The lowest caste is called Shudra, the Shudra are the unskilled and semi-skilled workers. They receive next to nothing for very labor intensive jobs such as farming and factory work. The caste after that is called the Vaishya. The Vaishya are businessmen and are more powerful than the Shudra. They still are paid very little and work in jobs such as market stalls. Th... ... middle of paper ... ... of Opportunity Comments. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. . Manian, Ranjini. "India's Caste System." - For Dummies. Web. 6 Mar. 2014. . Kumar. "Personal Life, Comfort, Enjoyment in America Vs. India." RedBus2US RSS. Web. 9 Mar. 2014. . Isaacs, Julia. "Comparisons Of Economic Mobility." Brookings. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. . "Livemint.com - Breaking Business News, Latest Financial News Headlines, Stock Market Quotes."http://www.livemint.com/. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. .
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