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The popular belief in the American Dream is more than a red herring fallacy used to win political debates It is a clever tool used to lure the penniless foreign and otherwise subordinate peoples into having faith in a life of wage slavery The American Dream is a strange concept bringing to mind visions of painted goddesses with large books holding telegraph wires It is felt in the stirrings of gullible Americans hearts during the National Anthem It is the idea that anyone- regardless of race class or gender- is created equal in the eyes of God and capable of success through hard work While equality is a common perception in America it is not a reality in a country where it is common for people of color to receive none of the credit when they succeed Sklar Horatio Alger an American writer from the 1800s wrote popular rags to riches stories Strive to succeed was a motto of his and he preached that through perseverance and hard work alone anyone could succeed Alger grew up poor but rose to the top with his writing In essence his autobiographical stories inspired widespread faith in the American Dream Horatio 1-2 Horatio Alger was the American Dream to a post-Civil War America Upon taking a sheer glance at current economic figures in the nation one can see that life in America has not held true to Algers idealistic dream Not possibly in a country where the typical non-Hispanic white household has seven times the net worth of the typical household of color could all citizens have equal opportunities Sklar Just like most statistics there are some exceptions to the rule--just as there are some female CEOs of color lt 2 Sklar and some college professors of color lt 5 Marable These facts cause the myth of Horatio Algers American Dream to unravel The concept of the failure of the American Dream is rooted in the apparent fact
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