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Unformatted text preview: O’Connor 1 Mehgan O’Connor English 2823 Professor Coats 1 March 2010 America has always been thought of as the land of new possibilities, where men can reinvent themselves no matter where they have come from. It is no wonder why this multi- cultured country will be forever nicknamed “the melting pot”. Unfortunately, it leaves the definition of “American” open to interpretation and debate. It is easy to see why Crevecoeur would want to answer this question especially in the eighteenth century when the idea of being “American” was a rather new concept. As Crevecoeur struggles to rectify his past identity with his new American one, his writings define certain qualities as being those of “American men”. The 1700’s were a very defining time for America. As disgruntled Europeans flocked to the New World, the landscape and demographics changed daily. It is understandable that choosing defining characteristics that apply to the multitude of diverse settlers would be a very...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2010 for the course ENGL 2823 taught by Professor Coates during the Spring '10 term at LSU.
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