Summary Of What Is An American By John De Crevecoeur

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What is an American? In “What is an American” by Hector St John de Crevecoeur, the writer described many notable differences that he discovered when he first arrived in America. He marveled at the many differences in structure, diversity, and the overall equality of this new land. Crevecoeur’s early America was much different than the land that he once knew. America gave him a sense of freedom, hope, and possibility. He wrote letters in hope to inspire all who were looking for a change in their lives, and who would be ready to contribute to the advancement of such a great land. America was more united, with every man working for themselves. There were no monarchies with Kings and Lords who contained all wealth while others suffered. Every …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how hector st john de crevecoeur's "what is an american" describes the differences in structure, diversity, and equality in america.
  • Explains crevecoeur's view that americans were allowed to worship privately in their own sect without being disturbed. he explained that the sunday congregation was filled with respectable farmers and their wives.
  • Opines that man's greatest indiscretions stem from living a life or being someone that they are not. this is the cause of violence and many wars in america.
  • Explains that religious freedom allows families to develop genuine religious principles.
  • Opines that religious freedom in america would put an end to corrupt religious practices and persecution.

They wanted to pick jobs based on ability and merit, and not based upon orders from Dictators. Crevecoeur described a significant difference in religious freedom between his early America and Europe. The distinction was important because it allowed individuals to think for themselves in spiritual matters, develop genuine religious principles, and bring an end to persecution over religious pride. Crevecoeur explained that much different from Europe, Americans were allowed to worship privately in their own sect without being disturbed. He believed that if each group is worshipping in their own private sect, and worshipped according to their own beliefs, as long as they were lawful, industrious and peaceful there shouldn’t be interrupted. Crevecoeur didn’t give much detail as to how religion functioned in early Europe other than the fact that in America all religion demanded from his was 10% to the minister and gratitude to God. He explained that the Sunday congregation was filled with respectable farmers and their wives, and absent of haughty superiors and princes. It is to my assumption that in Europe church attendants had to pay large offerings to government officials. In the …show more content…

“Crevecoeur explained the tragedy it would be for two individuals with different religions to start a family and created generations upon generations of confusion”. Each family in early America marrying based on common religious beliefs, and teachings their children in the way of their beliefs, would create a stable home for children to grow in. In today’s Christian church this is a value we hold true to well. Setting genuine religious values and morals are very important in today’s world. Whether you choose to practice that religion or not, the core values that are indebted in you from your childhood follow you into adulthood. Having pure religious principles promotes a balanced and well-functioning home. “Thus religious indifference is imperceptibly disseminated from one end of the continent to the other; which is at present one of the strongest characteristics of the Americans”. With core religious values or even a lack thereof, families will be able to create a solid foundation of morals and values to be built

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