American Identity Paper: John Hector St. John de Crevecoeur

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American Identity Paper

Stafford Sweeting
University of Phoenix
Tom Albano
May 28, 2011

American Identity Paper

John Hector St. John de Crevecoeur was a naturalized French-American writer authored the 1782 essay Series, ‘Letters to an American Farmer’ which were presented as a book; the narratives of the collective essays describing and giving rise to what can now be determined as ‘American Ideals’ His through his ‘letters’ used American-English slang as they were used in the frontier; the American ideals of self-determinism, principles of equality & liberalism were ever present and exemplified in the narrative. Together with detailed descriptions of daily lives from farms, towns cities & villages, the 1782 release
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• A nation where equality is an ideal • Americans appreciate hard work and are ready and willing to work anytime on any situation. • In America, there are no princes or royalty, in America there is no great social divide because you do not get anything for free unless otherwise you deserve it. • Americans, for Crevecoeur equates to Freedom. Crevecoeur did not set out to glorify the Americans and make them far more modern, forward-thinking and liberal than any of the European monarchies and Kingdoms that still held sway in Europe and parts of the world when he released his book. His focus, I believe was to introduce the new nation as a unique society that came to be due to the culture, perspectives, beliefs and traditions that was influenced by the need to survive. By adoption and by understanding the value of each refugee, each pioneer and each immigrant involved in the new nation have come to believe that all men are created equal and that hard work is the only way to go; while it is nice to be born into moneyed families, in America your hard work determines your lot in life. Crevecoeur does not go on in the sections indicated that Europeans are the opposite of these; his message is clear. To his then readers he wanted them to see America as a place where equality, freedom and hard work determine one’s quality
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