Since I can remember, my upbringing has had one constant message: if you get good grades, work hard, choose a good career, and raise a family, youll be happy. This is sometimes referred to as the American Dream.
The ideals of the American dream go back to the pilgrims and our countrys early settlers. They set out to find liberty and a better life in the new world. A century later, the idea that all men are created equal was written into our Constitution. Equal men, equal opportunities. This promise was the beacon of hope America offered the world.
But throughout our countrys history, the American dream hasnt been available to everyone. People of color, women and homosexuals have often been denied opportunity. One constant theme since Americas foundation is the story of an ever-expanding idea of who belongs here, and who gets the chance to achieve their dreams.
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