By CNN's Susan Garraty
The Fourth of July with its fireworks, barbecues, and parades is also a day when thousands of men and women around the country take their oath of allegiance and become American citizens. Debate and controversy surrounds the marked rise in the number of immigrants arriving from Central America hoping to make new homes in the United States, but aboard the historic battleship USS New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey on Independence Day there was only joy and celebration as 38 people swore allegiance to this country. The newly minted citizens included several men and women already serving in different branches of the U.S. armed forces.
Candy thoughts on today's show with Sen. John McCain and our special 'Making it in America' on achieving the American dream.
Chairman of GlobalGrind.com and Founder of Def Jam Recordings Russell Simmons discusses achieving his own "American dream" and the keys to finding inner happiness.
Personal finance expert Suze Orman talks to Candy about the challenges to achieving the "American dream" today, struggling to save enough money for retirement and giving your children a better life.
Harlem Children's Zone CEO Geoffrey Canada on the education crisis in America and the need for innovation.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan discusses the future of housing as part of the "American dream."
AOL co-founder and Chair of the White House Startup America Partnership Steve Case discusses the fight to create jobs.
First we’ll talk to Sen. John McCain from his trip around the Middle East.
Then a special of State of the Union on "Making it in America." We examine the struggle to achieve the American Dream in today's economic and social environment with some of today's leading voices. First, how to create jobs with AOL co-founder and Chair of the White House Startup America Partnership, Steve Case. Then, have we become a nation of renters? We'll ask Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. Harlem Children's Zone CEO Geoffrey Canada gives us his take on the American education system, and we talk about the challenge parents face today in saving for both retirement and their children's future with personal finance expert Suze Orman. And, we look at the American Dream achieved with entrepreneur Russell Simmons.
Finally, we check in with some lawmakers to ask them: "What does the American dream mean to you?"