Analysis Of Crevecoeur's Letters Of An American Farmer

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In 1782, French aristocrat J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, wrote an essay titled Letters of an American Farmer as a way of defining Americans. To persuade readers from countries unfamiliar with the American society is his purpose for writing this. Throughout he shows a feeling of admiration and respect towards the American way of life. In the first paragraph Crevecoeur starts with his claim that America is a “great asylum” put together by the “poor of Europe.” This most likely pertains to how the poor and lowly of Europe came to a new land and thrived there. In saying Crevecoeur expresses his views on the origin of America. His diction proves his understanding of the hardships and many new Americans faced to create a country and have true countrymen. Crevecoeur continues his essay listing the achievements made by a “country that had no bread.” “Every has tended to regenerate” to have new laws and new ways of living. His…show more content…
One becomes and American by forgetting ways or “prejudices” that keep them from receiving a grand position on the “lap of our great Alma Mater.” He writes that the labors performed by the countrymen aid in earning the title freeman. All of the title holders have received ample rewards and benefit from “wanting a vegetative mold.” He believes that the diversity of the freemen here will and should cause tremendous changes to the world. In conclusion Crevecoeur’s essay Letters from an American Farmer portrays his observation and appreciation of the hardworking countrymen that built what is known as America. Every example he chooses to argue shows his analyzation and understanding of the origin of the “land of bread.” Crevecoeur writes “ubi panis ibi patria” meaning place with bread to sum up his essay’s whole direction to convince readers to come and join the new land. All it takes to truly be a freeman is to have perseverance and a “strong
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