Traditional American values consist of individual freedom, equality of opportunity, material wealth, self-reliance, competition and hard work. The values emerged and began to define the American character in the context of cultural pluralism in the late 1700s. These values help the immigrants to achieve American Dream. Since America has been viewed as the land of opportunity, many immigrants from all over the worlds came to catch this chance especially to achieve American Dream.
According to Datesman in The American Ways ( An Introduction to American Culture), the first value and the most basic of all the American values is individual freedom. In 1776, the British colonial settlers declared their independence... View More »