Good afternoon everyone.
I am so glad to see that so many have turned up here today and I am very pleased to stand in front of you all. I’ve been looking forward to giving this speech.

As a start, my name is Anna Norup Tolmer. Some of you may know me as a fellow student here at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. I stand here today to talk about the evolution of the American Dream in which I will account for the different perceptions of the American Dream and discuss what it takes to achieve it in today’s America. In case of any questions, please hold on to them until the end of the speech.

First of all, to clarify, The American Dream is the symbol of the endless possibilities offered to those how are willing to work hard which have been highly valued and respected throughout American history.

Sadly, I stand here today to emphasize that our beloved idealized picture of the Amer- ican Dream as we knew it back in the days of origin, is on the edge of disappearance. Surely, we are all well aware that the American Dream is most defiantly not conspicuous as it used to be back in the days when the concept got implemented in the general Americans' national idea.

I as any other citizen in this country have witnessed how the American Dream almost vanished without a trace, and it is pretty clear that something must be done in order to reinvigorate our own understanding of the belief.

With that said I will move on by presenting the main points found in the different per- ceptions of the American Dream. According to a report from 2017 by Hearth, less than one in five Americans feel like they are living the American Dream. Furthermore, 50% of Americans think they are not achieving any of the American Dream.

This on its own seams almost breathtaking considering how much the American Dream is a part of America's image externally and functions as an unconfirmed American slogan.

In addition to this, the report also indicates that the most important element of the American Dream seems to be homeownership, based on the answers from the 2,000 people who participated in the survey.

This appears kind of ironic given that the U.S. Census Bureau submits that almost 40% of Americans don’t own their own homes.1 The reason for this to be found in people struggling to finds jobs owing to the financial crisis in 2008.