It was July 4, 1776 when, in Philadelphia, thirteen colonies, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Georgia, signed the Declaration ‘ Independence that freed from the British Empire.
It was an event unprecedented in history. Trappers, settlers, farmers, artisans, blacksmiths, farmers, loggers, poorly armed and poorly organized, and defeated the mighty army of the time, with an ardor, an intelligence and a courage that no one would ever have imagined before.
With a text of just one page, the citizens of the United States of America pledged their commitment to the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is written in the Declaration of Independence:
We believe that (…) all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
In the following days, copies of the Declaration were distributed in all states. On July 6, 1776, the Pennsylvania Evening Post published the text of the Declaration. On 8 July the Declaration was read publicly for the first time in Independence Square in Philadelphia. It was the bell which was renamed “Liberty Bell”. From then on July 4th was officially recognized as the anniversary of Independence of the United States of America. The first celebration was held July 4, 1777. And it is from that date, not only for the inhabitants of those lands, but for people throughout the world, was born the American dream.
Although tinged with so many contradictions, in fact, the history of the United States is deeply marked by the quest for freedom and happiness and the belief that through hard work, courage, determination nothing is impossible. We’re talking about a nation whose population is over 90% of non-indigenous. What was born from the revolt of settlers who rebelled against the British Empire. Of populations, from other continents, went to work in the United States to achieve the highest aspirations. A nation that has been content to ensure unity, security, prosperity for their people but that has fought and shed blood of its sons to fight fierce and powerful dictatorships as Nazism and Communism. To pursue the “American dream”, recently developed by the U.S. colonies have become the greatest industrial power in the world. Today the U.S. is in first place in the world for industrial production (steel, mechanical, automotive, aviation, energy and mining). They are the most advanced in the field of technological innovations, are the only ones who managed to reach the Moon with manned and are preparing a journey to Mars. In the words of Alberto Sordi in the film An American in Rome (1954): “I know ‘strong … Americans.”
It is true that these people are not free of contradictions and that some achievements have been marred by political ignoble, but the heroic actions of the Americans are so copious flood of evil.
It is true, for example, that the southern United States has developed the largest cotton production in the world, using slaves torn from Africa, but it is also true that the U.S. had a president, Abraham Lincoln, who fought a Civil War just to free the slaves.
In this respect, in what is perhaps his most famous speech, Martin Luther King said:
I tell you now, my brethren, And let the valley of despair. And even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream
It is true that the United States were accused of practicing colonialist policies towards Latin America and beyond, but it is also true that the U.S. is still the country that has most contributed to the development of poor countries.
In short, despite the winds of crisis, the U.S. is still the country where, as argued by the artist and film producer Walt Disney “If you can dream it, you can do it.” And Robert Goddard, one of the scientists who built the American aerospace industry, he added: “It is hard to define what is impossible, the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and tomorrow’s reality.”
The lead singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison said: “Everyone has a pair of wings but only those who dream of learning to fly.” And Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of U.S. President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, argued: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
We conclude with a question: is perhaps this ability to believe in the realization of their dreams that the world’s most important film industry has its own headquarters in the United States?