Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy and Public Affairs
The American national identity is built upon a dream of assimilation commonly referred to as the American Dream. The American Dream speaks to and attracts millions of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, seeking to assimilate into an identity that would fulfill a good life. Though many people have different interpretations of what defines a good life derived from the American Dream, it is generally associated with two key features: upward mobility and economic success. These features, as the American Dream promises, are the key to obtaining a good life. Yet, for many Americans, these features are difficult to obtain and utilize because of contemporary issues that stem from a lack of equitable opportunities and a deep economic inequality in the United States. This paper will address the difficulties that many Americans face in their journey of assimilation due to contemporary issues that lead to challenges with the people and traits of themselves that they hold dearest.
Kim, Jeffrey, "The True Cost of the American Dream: A Loss of Identity" (2023). CMC Senior Theses. 3121.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.