The tenets of the American dream can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” In a society where upward mobility is possible based on hard work, an individual can live life to its fullest as he or she defines it.
Here are the words of first-generation Americans, and how they perceive that dream in a video published by BuzzFedYellow:
“The American dream is all about opportunity.”
“My parents’ American dream was that their daughters would grow up to be amazing people.”
“To me, the American dream is the right to life, liberty, and property.”
“I think I am my parents’ American dream.”
“When I have children, I will continue their dream.”