Since the birth of America to the one of today, the heart and the driving force of America has all the time been the American Dream. It is a goal for the many people who live in the realms of the Americanized world. The American Dream was first a Cinema documentary film that was produced in 1990. The film focused on the unionized meatpacking workers in Austin. It is where the term originated and spread that brought fame to the nation. Through the film, many people outside America started to inflate the country, thus immigration. The American Dream refers to freedom, success, and being able to control ones’ own destiny. The ability for one to be free has made the country a melting pot that brings many immigrants who are certain about the American Dream. To become a successful person is a dream that everyone dreams. Anyone can develop to be a successful permitting that they believe in the dream, as there is no limit to what one can accomplish in America.
Immigrants in America define the American Dream as the pursuit of a good job, opportunity, owning a home and more often, as safety from persecution or even war. The immigrants have always remained hopeful and positive about their potential to achieve the dream while the American born citizens view the dream as harder to achieve.
Millions of Immigrants settled in America because of its diversity of different culture during the 19th century, and California became one of the highest states for Immigrants especially Mexicans. Almost all worked as agricultural laborers. The immigrants from Mexico...
at some point became the object of one of the largest removal processes ever authorized by the American government. Immigration and repatriation were interfering with the lives of the Americans and immigrants, as well as the other ethnic cultures that were present (Clark, 2003).
The immigrants believed with the ideas that living in America will bring the economic and social prosperity that they never had. Majority brought their experiences, cultural practices, and ideas to establish the image of America Dream. Many believed that by working hard, it brings success in their social and economic way of life. America as the land of security and opportunity gave the immigrants the ideas of freedom and uniqueness.
With these beliefs, the immigrants did not realize that there was a hidden division along gender, class, racial lines, and ethnicity, about who had access to economic freedom and security. A good example of this is when Mexicans realized that there was a great difference between the expectations of a white American farm owner and the brown Mexican field worker. The Freedom of Mexican immigrants, destined to reach their goals to prosper in life through working as laborers, and then put aside savings to send back to their family back in Mexico and open a small business. These ideas of freedom and prosperity were different from the white farm owners, who purported that they should be allowed to hire workers for cheap labor wages that would allow them to get a higher profit, which they believed to be their rights as Americans.
Dream expresses not only aspirations but also the channels by which they can be realized. With no opportunities, dreams will remain just dream, but with opportunities, dreams can be realized, and this is what drives much immigration (Clark, 2003). In the minds of those working for it, the American Dream may be a loosely defined cluster of aspirations, but it clearly encompasses the chances of making money, buying houses, and to ensure a better education for the coming generation.
From the American history, the dream of freedom is the one that drew the immigrants. The dream of being not taxed to fund an already established church that one is not a member. The dream of working hard and advance economically, and getting your children the best education than what one got while young. It is the dream of many where they make the final decisions and receive no orders from the ruling people.
As many people were migrating for a better life in America and meet their dreams, there was another group of colonists that seek religious freedom where they outlawed all other churches except their own. For example, the state of Virginia started the Church of England where they used tax money to pay the salaries of the other ministers and Maryland was open to all people especially Christians. It was the American Constitution and the Revolution that gave the real motivation to the notion of a society in which people are religious and economically free to be happy in their free own way.
In the nineteenth century, it is believed that the immigrants are the one who built the canals and the railroads. The immigrants are the one who supplied the industrial work force that made America be an economic giant in the world today (Clark, 2003). As America became great because of the America Dream, the immigrants are the ones who kept and fulfilled the dream because their taxes were used to fund programs for the natives as the native-born generation relied on the support from the government.
Despite improving the wellbeing of the Americans, the immigrants struggled with discrimination. Many Americans did not want immigrants to have the opportunities. A good example is the area of education. Children with immigration background work harder despite being denied other opportunities to achieve the Dream. According to Clark (2003), there are internal and external barriers to success that holds the immigrants back. It is not only societal barriers and discrimination but also feelings of equality and lack of self-worth. Therefore, success involves more than acquiring human capital, it is by acquiring positive mind set as well. As the hope of prosperity is relevant for all the groups, there is one example from the new Italian. He came to America without significant education, but with high-end skill, he became one of the top people controlling the American economy as he became the founder and the head of the largest advertising agent in the entire America named Latino immigrant entrepreneur.
As it is today, the American Dream has long been a motivating element in the earlier influences of immigration to America. Contemporary immigration to America is