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The American Dream Going Going Gone Has the American Dream turned into the American nightmare The ideals stated in the Declaration of Independence life liberty and happiness are no longer the ideals of today Now it is the pursuit of happiness that overshadows everything Life and liberty are taken for granted Americans today are constantly reminded and told how to pursue the dream And more often than not it is someone elses dream The old-fashioned idea of a simple life with a decent house in a quiet neighborhood with a steady job and a couple of healthy children is no longer enough Today both spouses must work so they can afford bigger houses drive fancier cars take better vacations and accumulate more things Kids come along later if financial security is more certain Todays generation finds itself unable to duplicate or surpass their own parents standard of living When and how did it all change Achieving the American dream dates back to the time when Christopher Columbus discovered America Since then there have been deals agreements treaties and even laws passed to reach the dream During most of the 18th century Great Britain ruled the area that was to become the United States On July 4th 1776 representatives of the American Colonies wrote and ratified the Declaration of Independence This document declared freedom from British rule The Declaration of Independence ranks as one of the greatest documents in human history as well as the first step taken by Americans to achieve the American dream World Book Encyclopedia Vol 5 pp 75-78 Independence Day is celebrated every July 4th to honor its great and meaningful background The dream of religious freedom and economic independence was started when the fifty-six members of the Continental Congress signed their names for all the American people Following the Revolutionary War Americans pursued the dream rather ineffectively The new nation without tradition or wealth expanded almost in spite of itself as
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