Chapter 5 Lecture Notes - American Spirit Ch 5 A3...

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American Spirit, Ch. 5, A3: “Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur Discovers a New Man”, Letters from an American Farmer” (c. 1770) Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur Topic: The American Key Points; 1. Several things caused the creation of the “New Man” a. Poor in home country b. Ability to buy land in the colonies 2. Traits/responsibilities of the American a. Leaves old preferences b. Should love America c. Must move beyond idleness, servility, and penury Summary: Crevecoeur explains how the “New Man” is a blend of the many races and cultures present in America Evidence of Bias: Crevecoeur was an immigrant himself, obviously enamored with his new country. This shows in his near poetic description of Americans Thesis: Immigrants to America came because they were paupers, stayed because they were freedmen, and ultimately became the new race of Americans. American Spirit, Ch. 5, A4: “The Growth of the Colonial Population ”, The American Colonies from Settlement to Independence
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Unformatted text preview: (1740-1780) R. C. Simmons Topic: Changing demographics of the Colonies Key Points: 1. Overall population vastly increased from 1740 to 1780 2. Percentage of population that was black generally increased in Southern colonies and decreased in New England and Middle colonies Summary: The chart shows the great increase in population for 40 years after 1740 Thesis: While the south became increasingly reliant on black slaves, the northern colonies’ percentage of blacks decreased. American Spirit, Ch. 5, B1: “George Whitefield Fascinates Franklin”, “ Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin ” (1739) Benjamin Franklin, John Bigelow, ed. Topic: George Whitefield’s influential speeches Key Points: 1. Whitefield has the ability to persuade many people to join his cause through his powers of speech a. Philadelphia built speaking hall for him (and other speakers) b. Convinced many, including the initially unwilling Franklin, to contribute for an orphanage...
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