The American Dream

My favorite thing about any U.S. history class is that no matter when you study it, the problems, concerns, and goals of our government remain the same. Of course we are living in a continually evolving society in which old terms take on new meanings, but the heart of it all lies within the idea of the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The United States pioneered this idea of giving a voice to the people, an idea which countless countries have long since working to achieve. I think we sometimes take for granted how remarkable it is that our founding fathers and the framers of the Constitution were able to create living documents that were able to govern the American people regardless of time period.  To foresee the problems a democratic society may face so many years in advance is a gift, and the brilliants minds of colonial America were able to structure a government that tailors to these specific needs.

I don’t believe that to appreciate this concept one has to be a devout historian or even like studying American history. In fact, the reason that our democratic society is so functional is because we are not all passionate historians who aspire to be politicians and carry out these beloved principles. It is our individual desires that make our democratic society a success because these desires motivate us to challenge ideas and become great artists, scientists, or writers. We are leaders in our own right, and the United States government makes it possible to have both controlled national power as well as smaller divisions of power that are led by ordinary citizens.

Maybe this is the real American dream. The dream to be a leader, a champion, a protector of natural rights. In other countries, being a leader is dangerous, a calculated risk, within a society. The choice to be or not to be a leader sometimes leaves the life of individuals hanging in the balance. People risk their safety and their freedom to lead their people. We do not fear this in United States like in other places. Perhaps we have learned from great crusades led by Dr. Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez that people should not live in fear of persecution for rising to positions of leadership. This is a new freedom that the founding fathers may never have believed to exist: the freedom for every individual to be a leader.

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10 comments

  1. I love this idea that “The [American] dream to be a leader, a champion, a protector of natural rights.” We first, of course, have to know about those natural rights and figure out how they have been protected and taken away over the years.

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  2. Lauren,
    My name is Laura Hamilton, and this fall I’m taking a class called EDM 310, http://www.edm310.blogspot.com at the University of South Alabama. This class is very important in the field I’m going into, Physical Education, and Sports Management. This class will help me learn how to evolve technology into the classroom today. I have been assigned to your blog for a few assignments for my own personal blog this fall, http://www.hamiltonlauraedm310.blogspot.com.

    I very much enjoyed reading this blog assignment by you! It has been one of the best so far that I have been assigned to. I am not sure if it’s just the material you’re talking about or your personal writing, but this blog is very inspirational in my opinion. I loved the fact that you used a U.S. history class as a reference to our society. Because it is constant and the problems, concerns, and goals of our government remain the same. Keep the Blogs going!

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  3. Hello Lauren,
    My name is Shernaye James. I am a student at the University of South Alabama. This semester, I am taking a class called EDM 310, which gave me a link to your blog. I enjoyed reading your blog post. You are a very good writer. I liked your perspective, on the American Dream, your ideas were very clear and to the point. The history of the American Dream, is great to read about.

    “Keep up the Good Work, Shernaye James”

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  4. Hi Lauren,
    I am another EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama and my name is Jennifer Hamrick. I personally am a fan of U.S. History and have always received my best grades in this area of study. I liked when you wrote “…the heart of it all lies within the idea of the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That really is what everybody wants isn’t it? We all might want different things but the main idea is the same. I like your writing style and how easy it was to read your blog. When reading your blog, I was able to understand and know what your opinion was. I have to agree with Lauren too, your blog is the best one I have been assigned to thus far. Keep up the great work.

    Jennifer Hamrick
    If you would like to check out my blog, please do – http://hamrickjenniferedm310.blogspot.com/

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  5. Lauren,
    My name is Elizabeth Johnson, and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am in a class called EDM 310 where I am learning about using technology in the classroom. The link to the class blog is here. The link to my blog is here.

    I really enjoyed reading your blog post! You did an excellent job of clearly stating your thoughts and ideas. It was very easy to understand and follow. Your use of vocabulary was outstanding, as well. One specific part of your post that I really liked was the part about not having to be a devout historian or aspiring to be a politician to grasp this concept of the American Dream. In fact, I am far from a historian or anything like it. Yet, I still can understand this concept.

    You did an excellent job! Keep up the good work!

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  6. Hi Lauren,
    I see you have been getting many comments from our EDM 310 class this past week! My name is Rachel Hinton, and I am so glad that I was chosen to comment on your blog along with a few others. I really enjoyed reading your post! I am so glad to see someone so interested and passionate about something.
    “The dream to be a leader, a champion, a protector of natural rights.” This gives me a new look on what we as Americans see as the “American Dream.” Your post really gave me a lot to think about and had me questioning my thoughts about the American Dream and the real genius of our founding fathers. I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to become and be a leader.
    Thank you for your outstanding post! Keep up the blogging. I can’t wait to read more!
    Rachel Hinton- http://hintonracheledm310.blogspot.com/

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