Thomas Jefferson writes about man's natural and unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The Homestead Act of 1862
The Homestead Act gave faith to Americans who had previously held plantations of too small size to make a decent living off of. This Homestead Act gave them 160 acres of land with which they could grow more crops upon,
The Great Depression
This tragedy created even more doubt in the hearts of the american people who believed in The American Dream. Unemployment rates were astronomical, wages were ridiculously low, and the stock market had crashed accross the board.
The Introduction of The American Dream
James Truslow Adams publishes his book, The Epic of America, which presents The American Dream, the idea that we can succeed even when we are at failure,
The New Deal
Roosevelt's New Deal had a lasting effect on the american people with relation to The American Dream. Americans developed the idea that government played a large role in the wellfare of its people.
Life Will Improve
In his final Inaugural Address, Roosevelt acknowledges the American Dream in saying that life will become better if you give it the time and effort. This in turn looked to be true due to the ensuing decades where America prospered and was truly successful.
Colored Americans Renew Their American Dream
Martin Luther King Jr. gives a speech to Americans of his dream where Americans are judged on their character alone. This filled colored Americans with dreams since they could succeed without the obstacle of over discrimination.