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Dalton Johnson 1301 US History 1 6/12/2019 Response Paper J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur wrote “Letters from an American Farmer” over a seven-year period prior to the American Revolutionary War. Trying to give his views as to what a true American looks and acts like to him. Both positive and negative points are brought up throughout sections 54 to 56, which makes the overall opinion difficult to fully understand. This essay will try and help readers get a clearer understanding of how Crevecoeur sees the average American. The term “American” has several meanings in today’s world, but what did it mean to someone back in the 1700’s? Was it just a broad term like it is today? Or did it have a stronger and more meaningful definition? To start off article 54, the author starts off by asking the question “What attachment can a poor European emigrant have for a country where he had nothing?” Which creates the idea that most men who first came to the new world did not have much to their names. So, the promise of new lands and opportunities sounded like a golden opportunity to start life over. He goes on to talk about the heritage of Americans, stating that no person is fully European anymore. Since America was first settled, people from across the world have come to settle down and start a family. This means that the author sees America as a large melting pot, where people from
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