By AJ Hyatt

The long held American dream was; “the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society in which upward mobility is possible for everyone. The American dream is believed to be achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking, and hard work, rather than by chance.”

Now defined the dream morphed into something totally different. 

American Dream includes broader notions of equality, social justice, and diversity. Movements for civil rights, gender equality, and LGBTQ+ rights have influenced the American Dream, emphasizing the importance of equal opportunities for all individuals regardless of background or identity.


So now the American Dream does not include values such as equality, liberty, prosperity, and happiness. Hard work, sacrifice, courage, diligence, and overcoming hardships are instrumental values necessary to achieve these terminal values.

The first voices to speak of the “American dream” used it not as a promise, or a guarantee, but as an exhortation, urging all Americans to do better, to be fairer, to combat bigotry and inequality, to keep striving for a republic of equals. 

That is the American dream we need to revive: the dream of a social order defined by the American creed, a belief in the United States of America as a government whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic.

Look, now we do not have an American Dream any longer. 

As we head into a new year, experts now say the obstacles people face while trying to achieve the American Dream are gender, ethnicity, and lack of education.