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The American Dream is known to many as the desire for a better life be that politically religiously economically or simply the overall quality in ones life For years Americans have been chasing this dream The British came to the New World in search of gold and wealth Immigrants have been coming to America from all other parts in the world in search of a better life whether they are escaping religious or political persecution trying to find wealth or looking for better job opportunities There are four major beliefs of the American Dream the belief that everyone can participate equally the belief that it is reasonable to anticipate success the belief that success is a result of individual characteristics and that actions are under ones control and the belief that success is associated with virtue and merit Berry Notes There is a strict structure of the social classes in American culture At the top is the upper class which are future oriented people who believe they have control over their own destiny The women in this class hold an equal status with the men They find that public service is important and they value their independence Next comes the middle class which are people who are future oriented and control their own future as well They are concerned in getting ahead and self-improvement and to do this they sacrifice the present for the future The people in the working class have little interest in the future and are oriented to the present They have little confidence in the ability to shape their own future and instead are focused on having a good time rather than getting ahead The lower class citizens live from day to day with little to no interest in the future They believe that things happen to them and tend to not take responsibility for their actions and mistakes They work unskilled labor and often their chief income is public assistance
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