Compare Crevecoeur’s “What is an American?” essay (written before the revolution), with his play “Landscapes,” (set in the midst of it). What did Crevecoeur admire about “the most perfect society now existing in the world”? What does he dislike about America (and Americans) during the revolution? What (or who) does he think turned his happy colonial world upside down? How did the revolution change Crevecoeur’s views of human nature, causality, and progress? If we consider Crevecoeur a “typical” loyalist, what can he tell us about loyalism as a world-view?
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