"if you can’t dream the Dream, I feel sorry for you, but that doesn’t mean the Dream is dead. And as I go out to listen to the songs and watch the fireworks I will remember those who bought for me the “possibility” to dream the great Dream. Thanks, and I’ll carry it on from here."
by Ron Garnett, Corvallis
The idea of the American Dream and the ideas still survives today in Contemporary America through the idea if your willing to try you can make it in america, in which has been developed from the ideas within ragged dick when Mr. Whitney on page 49 says to dick "determine to be somebody." and on page 50 "Your future position depends mainly upon yourself, and that it will be high or low as you choose to make it." which implies that if your willing to try to put in all you can then you will benefit within the long run and will see the outcome of what hard work can bring.
"You can make it here in America if you're willing to try." (President Obama,2012 victory speech)
This is a perfect example of how strong the american dream survives today especially with President Barack Obama being elected president twice in a row, even though when ragged dick was published black people would never have try ed or imagined to be president . However people like martin Luther king and Rosa park interpretation of the american dream has path ed the way to make people like Obama even think of working hard to one day be president in which he implies in his re -elected victory speech.
Below is a useful video to show how people has interpreted the american dream from when it was introduced