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The 19th century’s excessive industrialization lured innumerable numbers of immigrants to come to America with their lofty hopes. As they dreamt high, it could not live up to their expectations (Warshauer). As a result, the American Dream became a tantalizing and unattainable concept. Of course, the origin of this concept is the United States of America. In fact, this notion is “the prospect born out of the Declaration of Independence: the freedom of all men to pursue their dreams and goals in life with the only strings attached is that they are willing to work for it” (Excelsior).
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Stahley 1 Billy Stahley Ms. Homewood Ravenna 21 May 2014 The Disastrous Fantasy Throughout history the American Dream has been a fantasy that everyone has wanted to achieve. The American Dream focuses on opportunity, equality and overall achievement that includes both tangible and intangible objects. The American Dream came from the early settlers in America who were striving to achieve equality and opportunities and appealed to everyone because the thought of achieving the dream seemed possible for everyone. It wasn't all about how much money a person could achieve, but more about how everyone had the ability to achieve it. The American Dream is still trying to be achieved today and is an ongoing process that many people are working hard to attain.