Patriotism In The American Dream

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America is the land of opportunity where many people from all over the world come to live the “American Dream.” The American Dream states that everyone should have an equal opportunity to succeed regardless of social class, education, or race. In Booker T. Washington’s autobiography, Up From Slavery, he tells his story of achievement through education and how he spoke up in the hopes of bringing the two races together in a way that no one had tried before. When Washington was asked to give an address as a representative from the Negro race, he states that the one thing that he wanted to say was, “something that would cement the friendship of the races and bring about hearty cooperation between them” (449). Even after being freed from slavery,…show more content…
He opens the poem with the line, “I, too, sing America” (Hughes 1). He claims that he is an American and thus should have a voice too. Although prior to the Civil Rights Movement when African Americans were not yet recognized as more than slaves, Hughes envisions a day where they will sit down at the table with the whites. This idea is shown when he states, “Tomorrow, /I’ll be at the table/ When company comes. / Nobody’ll dare/ Say to me, / ‘Eat in the kitchen’” (Hughes 8-13). He is dreaming of a more all-encompassing and all-around greater America. The poem closes with the line, “I, too, am America” (Hughes 18). Hughes illustrates what it means to be a true American by asserting himself and claiming his citizenship, regardless of what others may…show more content…
Spring Fragrance,” there is a contrast of ideas on the American and Chinese ways of life. The main characters portray the idea of “Americanized” Chinese immigrants. Throughout the story, the main characters, Mr. and Mrs. Spring Fragrance undergo assimilation into the American culture while staying rooted to their Chinese traditions. After first arriving in Seattle, Mrs. Spring Fragrance did not know a lick of English. After five short years, her husband states, “there are no more American words for her learning” (522). Mrs. Spring Fragrance is a good representation of foreign immigrants who come to America in search of a better life through the American dream. This idea of being able to achieve and attain great status, without discrimination is exemplified in the quote, “Just as soon as a foreigner puts his foot upon our shores, he also becomes of the nobility—I mean, the royal family”; The “royal family” being all Americans (527). This quote furthers the idea that America is all-inclusive and diverse, ensuring that everyone can find a place where they fit best and that they call
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