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An emigrant French aristocrat-turned-farmer, Jean de Cr?vecoeur was granted New York citizenship in 1765 and became a landowner in Orange County. There, he wrote about his farming experiences and interpreted the nation's development in a series of charming and keenly observant essay-length letters about life in the Early Republic.
A Baedeker of American culture for Old World readers, the book painted a vivid portrait of the young country, not only detailing seafaring life in ...
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An emigrant French aristocrat-turned-farmer, Jean de Crèvecoeur was granted New York citizenship in 1765 and became a landowner in Orange County. There, he wrote about his farming experiences and interpreted the nation's development in a series of charming and keenly observant essay-length letters about life in the Early Republic.
A Baedeker of American culture for Old World readers, the book painted a vivid portrait of the young country, not only detailing seafaring life in New England and plantation culture in the South, but also providing incisive vignettes of the hardships of frontier living and the perilous unrest that existed between fanatical patriots and back-country loyalists. For many Europeans, his essays offered first major impressions of American landscapes, people, institutions, and the problems that stood in the way of making one nation out of diverse former colonies.
One of the best-known early accounts of life in 18th-century America, Letters from an American Farmer is essential reading for students of colonial history and a must-have for Americana enthusiasts.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
On the Situation, Feelings, and Pleasures of an American Farmer
What is an American
Description of the Island of Nantucket, with the Manners, Customs, Policy, and Trade of the Inhabitants
Customary Education and Employment of the Inhabitants of Nantucket
Description of the Island of Martha's Vineyard, and of the Whale Fishery
Manners and Customs at Nantucket
Peculiar Customs at Nantucket
Description of Charles-Town; Thoughts on Slavery; On Physical Evil; A Melancholy Scene
On Snakes; and on the Humming Bird
From Mr. Iw--n Al--z, a Russian Gentleman, Describing the Visit he paid at my request to Mr. John Bertram, the celebrated Pennsylvania Botanits
Distresses of a Frontier Man
Notes
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2009

    A Quick and Interesting Read

    Crevecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer covers a wide range of topics from the life of the farmer and the lives of the fishermen of Nantucket to slavery, immigration, the Revolution, and what it meant/means to be American. His work provided me with interesting insight into 18th century America, especially knowing that it was a popular and influential work around the time it was first published. It is certainly worth reading.

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