The Myth Of The Happy Yeoman Analysis

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While reading “The Myth of the Happy Yeoman” by Richard Hofstadter, he had mentioned “vice”. Vice had stuck out to me in this specific myth because he talks about the yeoman farmer being “ a very special creature, blessed by God,” which is completely different then what vice is (Hofstadter 34). Being immoral or doing wicked behavior, that is what vice means. This was deemable to young kids of farmers who did not like the way their parents were raising them. Leading them to migrate into the city's where “ they were sure to succumb to vice and poverty”(Hofstadter 33). This was not entirely true. It was the agrarian theory to scare the kids that wanted to leave their parents. It was not easy for these farm children to adapt to the city life as Jesse Buel a New York agriculturist said “ Not merely that the best of the world's goods were to be had in the cities” (Hofstadter 33).…show more content…
It would be very different for them when they got to the city and they would have to buy weeks old bread on a shelf. This is crazy to think that just moving away from your family's beliefs was deemed viceful. In “Flyboys” by James Bradley, vice was a little different, and probably more relatable to today. Dave Kershaw a friend of Jimmy Dean (a flyboy) had told a story about how on Sunday there was “ no drinking ever, but also no cards, no movies, no makeup on girls, no vices”(Bradley 94). This was pre-war, before they were enlisted into the army and the only thing their parents had to worry about was how they got influenced by National Geographic magazine. Once they were in the war and in their late teens and early twenties these men spent time with each other 24/7. Since spending too much time together these men needed to take a break. They would go to bars, dances, and even girls would be hired to come on base to
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