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Harlon Dalton’s thesis is that Horatio Alger instills false hope in the impoverished by perpetuating the myth of unbiased equal opportunity. “Horatio Alger” by Harlon L. Dalton – Response. I found Dalton’s claims that American society is far from operating as a strictly merit based. Harlon L. Dalton in his essay “Horatio Alger” criticizes a concept of the “American dream” – the idea that presents America as the country where the opportunity.

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I still think he makes a good argument, but it will be stronger if he gives examples that go against what Alger believes to be true. When black people are only compared against other black people it says that they can not be held to the same standard as White people, and that goes for other races as well. Posted in Journal Entries.

Their opportunities are limited and unequal. There are many obstacles to success particularly for the socioeconomically disadvantaged, but people are determined to overcome them. Although we do not live with a total equality, this dream is reflecting people desire America to be such a country and it is the factor that is making the America what is today in economical and social dimension.

The next message that everyone can reach their true potential is acceptable. Newer Post Older Post Home. You are commenting using your Facebook account. All odds regarding race, background, and everything listed above will always be against you or for you, but you have to be able to look past that and decided what being successful means to you and work for it. How to cite this page Choose cite format: The problem is people still do not believe in it and therefore act as they should not act protecting those who they should not and rejecting these whom they should protect.


If you need this or any other sample, we can send it to you via email. These different points that Dalton makes are believable, but he needs to add some examples to support what he has to say. This site uses cookies. Sadly, the preconceived judgment of a single individual can determine our success or failure regardless of our merit. Stereotypes are so prevalent in society that, even if a person is not racist and has respect for other races, some of these ideas will influence them.

Dalton send By clicking “Send”, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy. Click to learn more https: Only strong and smart could survive in the harsh environment but their hard work was well paid, and they learned how to use this land to live well.

Dalton brings up a good point that we as Americans do not just nominate a President, or member of Congress based on merit.

Response to “Horatio Alger” of H. L. Dalton Essay

This gives society the wrong expectation of each race and it can lead people ahrlon believe certain races to possess certain traits. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I would like to give an example: Notify me of new comments via email.

However, I do believe that hard work and perseverance can definitely get you places, no matter who you are. Because of her race there was a stereotypical view that she’s not as smart, but she was very smart.

Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. Everyone can come up with different standards and that is where it gets confusing. This demonstration of bias proves the existence of prejudices within our educational institutions and is also reflective of the divisiveness so pervasive in this country. I found that one of his most interesting and persuading examples was when he was discussing racial discrimination, specifically about black people.

Email required Address never made public. I could tell the employer: I did find Dalton’s excerpt to be persuasive and thought that he proved his points well. The world is not fair and it is unequal in some way.


Inventing Alexis R.: “Horatio Alger” by Harlon L. Dalton – Response

He described a situation where a student asked him how to deal with the fact that one of her professors had written a recommendation for her in which he called her “the best Black student to have ever taken his class” And if you believe in the myth of Horatio Alger then maybe you believe that that is goratio but all of those factors play a huge role in our lives when determining how successful we can be.

We’ll occasionally send you harrlon related and promo emails. It does not mean that American Dream died then; it is been well preserved in American constitution and richness of hoatio country that is a good base to create that wonderland of equal opportunities for all people.

We live in a country founded by a group of white men who fled an oppressive government to form a new nation on the principles of freedom and equality while ignoring the fact that this was accomplished by invading an occupied land and decimating its indigenous cultures.

The Manliness of Men By: He based most of his theory on the Horatio Alger myth. Along with thinking people discriminate against different races, Dalton also states that we do not all have an equal shot at reaching our goal because we are not all equal. I must say that author is probably right that in this country the opportunities are not equal for all people.

However, it can be difficult to achieve depending on certain circumstances, like social class within the economy.