De Crevecoeur- What it is to be an American

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De Cr’evecoeur Letter III: “What it is to be an American” De Crevecoeur: Born in France to privileged family, came to america and loved it, admired Ben Franklin, felt it was a new freedom to voice one’s  opinions and argue them and still work together as a society, progression, change his name to J Hector St John, this is a  gentleman farmer, not a poor one, owns land, has dinner at plantations with owners etc, worked as a surveyor as Indian trader  (just means he acted as go bw to bring them goods and bring them $$), travelled english colonies, became a nationalized  citizen, from Letters of an American Farmer , early users of the phrase “melting pot,”  Text: Idea: we are planters, what we plant, if we nurture it, use goodness and hope, it will grow “we are people of cultivators”—not just physically farming but metaphor of planting and growing. “we have no princes to whom we… starve, bleed..”—we don’t have royalty but we have an order to which we must answer “we are the most perfect society existing in the world”
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  • Spring '09
  • Hector St John, —NEW world order, small voluntary salary, course plantation owner

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