The American Dream is Everywhere Samantha Gilbreath & Mackenzie Cruzan

Every person has likely heard the term American Dream at least once in there life. Maybe you've heard stories from your great grandparents about coming to america in seek of the american dream. Maybe your parents impressed upon you to reach for the stars because there are no limits to what you can achieve. Or maybe you're just a kid, in high school, and were just given a simple assignment about the American Dream. We never expected to be moved by this assignment, but once we started going out and meeting people from all different walks of life we were inspired by what they had to say.

Joann and Mike Moffat have been married for 19 years and are strong believers in the power of family. They believe that for them, they have achieved the American Dream. All they could ever ask for was a large loving family. They have just what they need to get by and that's enough for them.

"Everyone wants to have two cars in the driveway, a house, kids...most people, but not everyone"(Joann Moffat)
"I think everyone has an opportunity now to achieve the American Dream if they want to work for it, it doesn't matter if you are black, brown, green or yellow, if you want to work for it and put your mind to it you can be successful...anyone can do that." (Mike Moffat)

Lynn Pinion owner of Jindra's Antiques Located in redding, california

Lynn Pinion, owner of Jindra's Antiques
"I'm living' my dream, its right in here. This store, this business, was my dream... Anyone can achieve there dreams if they have the motivation... When I was growing up it was way different then now, a lot of people expect everything but you have to work for what you want. You have to work." (Lynn Pinion, Antique Store Owner)

"The freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat, and toil, and imagination — and the imperative to strive together as well, to achieve a common good, a greater good. For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom. It’s what pulled immigrants and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande. It’s what pushed women to reach for the ballot. It’s what powered workers to organize. It’s why GIs gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and Afghanistan — and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well." (Obama's farewell speech)

"I have a degree in pharmacy, I have a BS and a doctorate in pharmacy, and I'm also board certified...all of these things, all the way from Africa." (Sophia Dewa)

Saphia Dewa, from Tanzania, Africa, saw the opportunity America offered for her to achieve her dreams of going to school and working in the medical field, so she decided to travel to America, 'The City Upon a Hill' to pursue her dreams.

"For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us." (Winthrop)
"America is the land of opportunity if you want to get educated and work hard, you can be anything you want."(Saphia Dewa)

Sophia Dewa, Mercy Hospital Pharmacist from Tanzania, Africa

Shelle Peterson is the principal at University Preparatory School in Redding, Ca. She works hard to better the education for the future generations of America while devoting her time outside of work to her family and four kids.

"The American Dream is living by values and a belief system that suggests that we are very capable as human beings. That so much of what happens is because we are willing to take a risk for the imagination of what is possible... I think that we call [the American Dream] ours because we identify with it at a greater capacity than people in other countries, but if you ask any parent across any part of the world what they want for their children, it's the same idea." (Shelle Peterson)
"The American Dream is a constant reminder that America’s true nature and distinctive grandeur is in promising the common man, the man on the make, a better chance to succeed here than common men enjoy anywhere else on earth..." (Jillson)
"America is exceptional. Not that our nation has been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change, and make life better for those who follow."(Obama's Speech)

The American Dream is relevant today because it can be achieved by everyone. Its not an specific thing but an idea that anyone, anywhere can work to achieve whatever dreams they have. They fact that America is always changing just goes to show that it doesn't matter whats going on in this country, because the idea of pursuing your dreams stays the same.

Shelley Peterson, Principal at University Preparatory Highschool

Regg Keyawa, the owner and founder of JLC Orchards, was just a simple man who lost his job and had to figure out what to do next to provide for his family and establish a retirement for him and his wife Dorthy. He took a risk and moved from Sacramento, Ca, to the Chico area, bought land, and became an Almond Farmer.

JLC Orchards in Chico, CA
"I worked in construction in sacramento for 30 years and we ran across another government slosh which lead us into a real strong recession and it devastated our construction company. I was stuck without a job, without any work, without anything really, except a rental building I was able to parlay into my first little thirty acre [property]. I had to find a retirement in a very short period of time... If you would have told me 26 years ago when we moved here that I would be worth 2 million dollars today, I would have laughed. To that I would say I have full filled my dreams."

JLC Orchards Founding Family

Sergeant Smyrnos
"You have to be able to follow the laws...if your dream is to have a lot of money and be successful, that doesn't mean you can go rob a bank and get a whole bunch of money...you may have reached your goal, but you went about it the wrong way." (Sergeant Smyrnos)

Sergeant Smyrnos works for the Redding Police Department. He believes that he has fulled his American Dream because he was able to follow his fathers footsteps and have a carrier in law enforcement and he has a wife and two children to come home to everyday.

"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make you inquisitors? Fallible men; men governed by bad passions, by private as well as public reasons"(Jefferson)
American Flags outside businesses of Redding, CA
After interviewing all of these people we began to realize there was a bigger purpose for the "American Dream" today than what we thought. When we thought of the American Dream what came to our minds was more based on the founding of our country and the many people whom struggled to create this country with more freedoms then another of its time. We thought that the American Dream was something ultimately accomplished before we were even born. However now we have come to realize that the American Dream is very much alive still today. The American Dream is a belief that there are no limits to what is possible and if you work hard for what you want then you can achieve anything. Its what encourages people today to go out in the world and reach for the stars, to dream of the impossible and conquer it. The American Dream gives people hope, hope that they can achieve the unachievable as long as they are willing to work hard enough.
Works Cited

Jefferson, Thomas. "Notes on the State of Virginia." Print.

Jillson, Cal. "Excerpt from Chapter 9: The American Dream in the 21st Century." Print.

Obama, Barrack. "President Obama's Farewell Address."

Winthrop, John. "City Upon a Hill." 1630. Print.

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