Fidelity and merit are the only sources of honor here.
The rich stand on the same footing as the poor; the scholar is not a mug above the most humble mechanics; no German ought to be ashamed to pursue any occupation ...
He added that, "if they attained Paradise, they would move on if they heard of a better place farther west".
In the 19th century, many well-educated Germans fled the failed 1848 revolution.
Historically the Dream originated in the mystique regarding frontier life.
As the Governor of Virginia noted in 1774, the Americans "for ever imagine the Lands further off are still better than those upon which they are already settled".Achieving the American Dream requires political and economic freedom, as well as rules of law and private property rights.Without them, individuals cannot make the choices that will permit them to attain success, nor can they have confidence that their achievements will not be taken away from them through arbitrary force. It offers the freedom to make both the large and small decisions that affect one’s life, the freedom to aspire to bigger and better things and the possibility of achieving them, the freedom to accumulate wealth, the opportunity to lead a dignified life, and the freedom to live in accordance with one’s values—even if those values are not widely held or accepted.It is a symbol of financial success and independence, and it means the ability to control one’s own dwelling place instead of being subject to the whims of a landlord.Owning a business and being one’s own boss also represent American Dream fulfillment.Rosenberg identifies five components of the American Dream that have shown up in countries around the world.These include the following: The American Dream was aided by a number of factors that gave the United States a competitive advantage over other countries.Abundant natural resources—including oil, arable land, and long coastlines—generate food and income for the country and its residents.Terming it a "dream" also carries with it the notion that these ideals aren't necessarily what has played out in the lives of many actual Americans and those who hope to become Americans.They welcomed the political freedoms in the New World, and the lack of a hierarchical or aristocratic society that determined the ceiling for individual aspirations.One of them explained: The German emigrant comes into a country free from the despotism, privileged orders and monopolies, intolerable taxes, and constraints in matters of belief and conscience.