Do People Really Have Freedom?

By Mona Abuanga

Who Am I?

I am Mona Abuanga. I am a sophomore in high school. I am also a daughter of two Sudanese parents. My family immigrated to the Untied States to live a better life than they were living back in their homeland. Due to my parents not knowing fluent English, they didn't have the freedom they wanted and were expecting to have, to be able to get a stable job to get them on their feet due to them just arriving to the United States. So the freedom that my family came to have, didn't essentially happen to come to them, if not at the time.

Essential Question:

Do people really have freedom?

How Did I Come to This Question?

I came up with my essential question when I was thinking about my what parents' and sibling's thoughts were when they were coming to America. Were they coming for a better life? Were they trying to escape something? Some people who immigrate to the United States come for a better life and/or for freedom. I was basically asking myself "when people come to America, do they really have freedom or just the freedom that they desire?" Back in their homeland, people will most likely not have the freedom to do the things they want to do as they would be able to do in the United States. So they come to America to have that sort of freedom that they are missing in their lives when they were back in their homeland. Therefore, do they really have freedom even in the Untied States?
What is freedom?

What I Hope to Gain From This?

What I hope to gain from my research is the knowledge of what people feel their freedom is. And how people believe their freedom is essential to their lives as they live in this society.

What I hope others will gain?

I hope others will also gain the knowledge of what people feel their freedom is. And also, how people believe their freedom is essential to their lives as they live in this society.
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noun: freedom

  1. the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

My Definition of Freedom:

I believe freedom means being able to do the things you want to do without someone or something preventing you from doing it.
"The natural law is a term used to refer to human rights that all persons possess by virtue of our humanity. These rights encompass areas of human behavior where individuals are sovereign and thus need no permission from the government before making choices in those areas."
"Immigrants clearly see America’s opportunities. My friend Jean Luc from Rwanda tells me that '(L)iving here has given me tremendous opportunities, access to an education, freedom to pursue my passion as an artist and the possibility to access resources needed to accomplish my goals.'"

New Question

Is the American Dream attainable?

Why I chose this question?

I chose this question because coming form my previous question, do people really have freedom?, I was leaning more on the immigration side and how they do or don't have freedom when they come to the US essentially for freedom. So from there I got help and am asking if the American Dream is attainable or not?
This article talks about how Americans think that working hard will get them the American Dream. "Americans have long believed that hard work enables people to get ahead, and that belief remains firm today. In a 1990 Pew poll, 63% disagreed with the statement that hard work offers little guarantee of success. In 2012, the same percent gave the same response. In a similar trend question, 68% of Americans told Pew pollsters that most people who want to get ahead can make it if they’re willing to work hard. In March 2014, 65% gave that response." The Hispanics and the African Americans that think they have not gotten the American Dream think that they can get it eventually. "In 2013, 56% of Hispanics and 60% of African Americans said they haven’t achieved the American Dream yet but feel they will do so eventually."
"Sociologists Mark R. Rubio spoke movingly of his mother and father’s efforts to supply him with opportunities they had never enjoyed. Starting from nothing, they worked extremely hard to expand Marco’s horizons."His parents came to the US to live the American Dream and also provide for their children and to give them a better future.

If you were an immigrant coming into the US...

1. would you expect to have the same privileges as the people in the US already have, right off the bat?
2. would you work hard for a job that you don't enjoy or a job that is your dream job?
3. would you be happy with just money or having your dream job and making money as well?

to answer my question...

To answer my question, is the American Dream attainable? I say yes it is. I say that because even if it is not attainable in the beginning, working your way up to it will allow you the American Dream. Like for instance, if you are just starting a job that you are interested in, you will not be "living the dream", as you will be working hard to eventually living up to that dream. Most people who try to live up to the American Dream do it for the money. But in the long run, money can't buy happiness, but following your dreams can!


For my action, I will interview people who have achieved the American Dream and how they achieved it. I will also interview people who haven't achieved the American Dream and ask them if they want to achieve it and how they are going to go about achieving it.