Over the course of history, the American dream has come to take on many meanings. I believe
that when the phrase was first coined and popularized, it was simply defined as the unique
ability to become successful and reach any goal no matter where you start from in America.
Started by the visions and experiences of immigrants, the American Dream became a reality for
many people. The ability to move to America, and start from scratch, with no status or agency
socially or politically, and yet still be able to work hard, persevere, and achieve success both
financially and socially was a dream for many, but a reality for few. The American dream was
most certainly achievable for those who fit the confines of the biased and prejudiced American
system and society during the great waves of immigration. It was possible to start from
nothing, and work day in and day out constantly to make your rise to the top, but unfortunately,
due to the hierarchical society that is America, hard work did not always translate to success. I
think the American dream is just as achievable now as it was back when it was started, for
there is hope to reach success no matter who you are and where you come from, but the walls...