Originally, the American dream was a beacon for early pioneers and immigrants, who turned toward it in the hope of escaping poverty and socioeconomic stagnation. Those migrants brought with them the knowledge that America was a great opportunity offered generously by God.
The United States has exported beyond its borders the guiding principles of the American dream: equality, freedom, prosperity, justice, social progress and enterprise for all. However, the abysmal imbalance between the rich countries and the Third World, plus the systematic support of dictatorships in exchange for benefits and economic interests, has turned the American dream into a flickering light on an uncertain future in an unknown country.
In this short documentary we present four stories of those who made the journey in search of a dream ... the American dream.
Students of SPN 3948
Instructor: Antonio Sajid López
A Project of the Portuguese and Spanish Studies Department, UF
Produced by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
Director Paul Ortiz
241 Pugh Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Final Edit by Deborah Hendrix, April 2014
Cat. No. VIDS 118