Jean De Crevecoeur's "What is an American" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Jean De Crevecoeur's "What is an American"
This paper discusses Michel-Guillaume Jean De Crevecoeur's book "What is an American" about the American Dream.
# 83823 | 675 words | 1 source | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (General)

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This paper explains that Jean De Crevecoeur's "What is an American" presents an important historical precedent in defining the American Dream. The author points out that early America offered a wide variety of different farming lands, which gave hope to Europeans that were destitute in their native countries. The paper relates the importance of Crevecoeur's investigative historical approach helps define the experiences of these Europeans in how America had become, in his time, a safe haven for farming and a more opportunistic way of life.

From the Paper:

"This historical perspective relates am important theme of the way that Americans are defined in "What is an America" by Michel-Guillaume Jean De Crevecoeur. By using European cultural integration within the theme of being "American", Crevecoeur essentially reveals how opportunity has made America a nation of many cultures and ethnicities. In being a new nation that could welcome the destitute of Europe to begin new lives, early America becomes the `dream' of wealth and prosperity for those that have the courage and industriousness to be pioneers. This historical perspective is worth reading due to the information gathering techniques used by Crevecoeur in relation to the American Dream."

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