Analysis Of John De Crevecoeur

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J. Hector ST. John De Crevecoeur tells the story of the western frontier from the perspective of a European American finding a new found freedom for exploration. He compares American experiences with the old country and welcomes emigrants from many countries in Europe to participate in the navigation of the frontier. The exploration of the frontier he equates to equality among those that may have been oppressed by Europe’s Kings: “Here are no aristocratic families, no courts, no kings, no bishops, no ecclesiastical dominion, no invisible power giving to a few a very visible one.....” The fictional American farmer finds solace in a simpler way of life and invites all men from many nations to become Americans. The idea of equality, regardless of a mans status back in Europe, is preached in the effort of creating a new kind of man. “ He is an American, who leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced....” The American dream of success, fortune and freedom are highlighted and promoted throughout this story. It is an optimistic account of life among white European settlers. John Quinney’s heritage as a Mohican gave him a different outlook on the American experience. On the day of his speech, he became an American citizen. But this was to become a property holder, for he could not claim property as a Mohican. De Crevecoeur’s story of an American experience did not apply to Quinney. Native Americans
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