The American Dream is a personal thing. Every person's belief or thought on what the American Dream is different than anybody else's. There is one noticeable common thread between every conceivable Dream though: the dream is to live a better life socially, monetarily, or contentedly than your parents did. The conflicts at the time helps determine what aspect of life you wish to improve upon, but it will always be the same principal as long as America stands free.
Dr. Martin Luther King lived in a time of Racial Segregation. He grew up with people scorning him simply because of the color of his skin. When he began a family of his own, he had the dream that life should be better than he had it.
He marched protests and gave speeches, speaking his dream to everyone who would listen. His most famous speech being the " I have a dream speech... ." This speech spoke of his dream that all men were equal whether they were white, or black, or any other color of skin. That was his American Dream. Before Dr. King, People of all nations Immigrated to this country to have a better life.
A better life than their parents had. They had either grown up in poverty or worse. When they moved to America, they had dreams of Opportunity and wealth to support their families. Many families found these opportunities and succeeded in their American Dream.
Their lives were richer and happier than before. Others did not reach their goals, but still held tight to their American Dream of "the land of Opportunity." Today, people's dreams of what America is to them has changed once again. Today, many parents have the dream for a better family life than they had. Family life has changed. Many people are getting divorces and having stepchildren.
These children have grown up with the American Dream of providing a better Family life by financially supporting them better, spending more time with them, and expressing their love more readily. Every person's belief or thought on what the American Dream is different than anybody else's. Every dream has one thing in common though. It is the making of a better life than they had grown up with. Whether it is financially, communally, or simply to live with a happier disposition than their parents did..