Colin Powell and the American Dream Analytical Essay by Nicky

Colin Powell and the American Dream
This paper looks at Colin Powell in relation to a person that has achieved the American dream.
# 144872 | 1,400 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses that General Colin Powell is a prime example of someone who, with heart, determination, and a "never give up" attitude, achieved the American dream. This work briefly outlines three points about Powell's life that make him a suitable example of an adaptable and capable man who developed almost despite his lack of desire to follow in the path his parents, may have chosen for him.

From the Paper:

"Powell later went on to study at City College of New York with a major in engineering, choosing the school for its price rather than its core values or prestige. After feeling frustrated by the engineering program he altered his path to geology and sadly his grades dropped. His exposure to the campus ROTC program led him down a different path to a military career, one he believed he was more suited for. Powell is open about his lack of desire to develop through a path of higher education and rather would like tot choose a more hands on approach, such as through the military.
"Powell is also frank and open about his unique position as a first generation child of immigrants of his race, as he gives credence to the fact that though he is black, he does not share the African American historical burden of slavery and therefore has had only limited trouble seeking and assuming equality."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Powell, Colin Luther." The Columbia Encyclopedia. 6th ed. 2007.
  • Mann James, Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet, New York: Penguin Publishing, 2004.
  • Mihalkanin, Edward S., ed. American Statesmen: Secretaries of State from John Jay to Colin Powell. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.
  • Stephen, Andrew. "Profile: Colin Powell." New Statesman 16 Dec. 2002: 38.

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