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After the break with the British Empire in 1776, not only was a new nation born, but a new meaning to life was given. Revolutionist gave birth to the American Dream. The American Revolutionist broke any from Britain in hopes to find a free land, a land that belonged to Americans. The American Dream constituted everything Americans wanted for their children, a better life then the one they had endured under the British Empire. The people of new revolutionized nation only had simple dreams. “Americans” wanted a land were people could be free and prosper. People dreamed of having a piece of land where their livestock would be able to roam and where they would be able to harvest their crops. However as the newly revolutionized nation developed and expanded, so did the dream. The American Dream evolved into a materialistic dream. Americans wanted more and wanted to be better at everything.
Since its inception, America has been the pioneer of man's future freedom. In signing the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers had the courage to take a stand for individual freedom. They knew the oppressive control of Great Britain had broken so they took action for something that would benefit the entire nation for generations to come.
We are living at a time unlike any other in history. Our world is rapidly changing. There are paradigm shifts taking place in all areas of our society. The Internet has forever changed the way that we live. It has made the world much smaller. There is more opportunity not only for us here in America, but for people in all parts of the world, albeit, some more than others.

Today we realize that America has been blessed with more liberty than any other nation on the planet, yet it's still a far cry from the vision of our Founding Fathers. As individuals with free will, we have the luxury of having a choice. We can choose to have a lazy, apathetic attitude towards ourselves, our nation, our finances, our families and our situations in general, or we can choose to take responsibility; not only for our own lives, but also for our families, our communities and our country.

While some may think this type of patriotism is idealistic, it really is the only way to solve these problems. We will either be at the effect of the various circumstances in our life such as debt, personal problems, high taxation, and unethical political leaders, etc., or we will be at cause and take more responsibility! Responsibility equals FREEDOM and POWER! When you take back your responsibility, you will regain freedom and power back in your life.

At Today's American Dream we believe that free enterprise and the American Dream are alive and well. Our mission is to enhance and empower individual lives by providing products, services and educational resources along with the opportunity to pursue and live The American Dream. Our goal is to make a positive difference in our communities, in our nation and in our world. Commit yourself today to making a difference in someone's life. In doing so you will make the world a better place.
What is the American Dream?
The term was first used by James Truslow Adams in his book the Epic of America which was written in 1931. He states:
"The American Dream is "that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."
In the United States’ Declaration of Independence our founding fathers:
"…held certain truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Might this sentiment be considered the foundation of the American Dream?
Were homesteaders who left the big cities of the east to find happiness and their piece of home in the unknown wilderness pursuing these inalienable Rights?
Were the immigrants who came to the United States looking for their bit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their Dream?
And what did the desire of the veteran of World War II - to settle down, to have a home, a car and a family - tell us about this evolving Dream?
Is the American Dream attainable by all Americans? Would Martin Luther King feel his Dream was attained?
Did Malcolm X realize his Dream?

Some say, that the American Dream has become the pursuit of material prosperity - that people work more hours to get bigger cars, fancier homes the fruits of prosperity for their families - but have less time to enjoy their prosperity. Others say that the American Dream is beyond the grasp of the working poor who must work two jobs to insure their family’s survival. Yet others look toward a new American Dream with less focus on financial gain and more emphasis on living a simple, fulfilling life.

Thomas Wolfe said, "…to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity ….the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him."

Is this your American Dream?
Resource Links for this essay
An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera  
Malcom X
Declaration of Independence
FIRST's National Deliberation Day 1997
Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s
Martin Luther King
The "American Dream" is for People Who Can Afford It
The Center for The New American Dream
The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1897-1906
Washington as It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959
World War II and The American Dream. How Wartime Building Changed a Nation.
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