Good evening ladies and gentlemen, thank you for having me today. I am a student here at the Johns Hopkins University, and for those who may not know me, my name is Irese. I came here today to give a speech on how the American Dream has drastically changed over time.
The American Dream, the symbol of endless possibilities for those who are willing to work hard, is slowly, but surely disappearing.
We all know that the United states was once a country with a dream of epic proportions, of endless opportunities. The American Dream was living in a land of social order in which each man and each woman was able to achieve what they wanted.
The American Dream is definitely not what it used to be generations ago. Many American citizens have witnessed the American dream vanishing without a trace.
I would like to talk about two things, the different understandings of The American Dream and what it is like to achieve the American Dreams today. I would love to answer all your questions at the end. Now, I would like to start off by telling you about the different understandings of the American Dream.
According to the Hearth Insights’2017, less than one in five Americans say they’re living the American Dream, which is actually very upsetting. The report also tells us that the most important thing in achieving the American Dream is owning a house.
This shows the “look, I’ve made it” mindset, which means a lot to many Americans. According to the U.S Census Bureau, almost 40% of Americans do not own homes, and nearly 50% rent.
It is weird, because the statistic shows us that owning a home is more important to so many Americans than for example starting a family or fulfilling a career.
People still struggle to find jobs because of the financial crisis in 2008. Meanwhile, President Trump was willing to restart and remodel the new tax reform.
He said, he was going to fight for new jobs, making the country more attractive for companies from the outside. And that, in his case should “Make America great again”. Despite that, not everyone has the same view on the American Dream.