Comparing The American Dream And Declaration Of Sentiments

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English II Essay 4 Jennifer Duncan December 4, 2010 An insight in the American Dream The American Dream is a dream of a nation which people can reach their highest potential. It is a dream of social stability in which every man and each woman have the full distinguish of what they are, despite of the conditions of birth or gender. The essays”Declaration of Sentiments by authors Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the essay “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrate two different times in American history. They were both martyrs and spoke of injustices against citizens of America. Both authors show some lines of thought on what the freedom in the American dream means. Both authors strive for equality and the right to live in a free nation. The authors embrace sight of respective prosperity, personal safety, and personal liberty, to…show more content…
As Stanton proclaims “he has monopolized nearly all the profitable employments, and from those she is permitted to follow, she receives but a scanty remuneration.” (Stanton 288) It is clear that women were unequal to that of the white man and her main purpose was “to have of little else than trying to be most attractive to the eye of man.” (Cook 158) In Kings “I Have a Dream” he declares that, “we refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity.” (King 290) African Americans were not granted but limited to their education in which confined them to the lower class and the ghettos. King remarks, “we cannot be satisfied as long as Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one.” (King 291) It is evident that women and African Americans were oppressed in pursuing the element of prosperity in the American

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