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CH 203 # 1 - Wallace 1 Joe Wallace CH 203 9-950 W Anna...

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Wallace 1 Joe Wallace CH 203 9-950 W Anna Thornley Title The American identity is not easily defined by one single trait, but by numerous qualities that help classify what an American truly is. Coming over from Europe, “Americans” struggled to find a true identity that everyone could relate to. One specific trait that is a key aspect of the American identity is the idea of self-reliance and hard work. Self-reliance and hard work are critical characteristics all seen in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance , The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass , and finally in Anna Cora Mowatt’s Fashion. When America was young and yearning to find its identity, it many times forced people to look back to their homeland, back to Europe to remember their ways of old. Striving for more money and land and the latest fashions to become powerful like their European brothers. However, to become successful in American, Emerson preached of one thing that stood above the rest, “Self-Reliance”. There came a point when no longer could you look across the Atlantic for advise or control and one needed to take control of their actions to find their own way. “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better or worse as his portion…while no kernel of nourishing corn came come
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CH 203 # 1 - Wallace 1 Joe Wallace CH 203 9-950 W Anna...

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