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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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Who would have thought that because I received you with hospitality and kindness, you should imagine me capable of writing with propriety and perspicuity? Your gratitude misleads your judgment. The knowledge which I acquired from your conversation has amply repaid me for your five weeks' entertainment. I gave you nothing more than what common hospitality dictated; but could any other guest have instructed me as you did?

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18th-century classic detailing seafaring life in New England and plantation culture in the South also provided Old World readers with first major impressions of American landscapes, people, institutions, and problems of making one nation out of diverse former colonies. Introduction and Notes by Warren Barton Blake.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486444086
Author:
De Crevecoeur, J. Hector St John
Publisher:
Dover Publications
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Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Travel - U.S. - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on History, Political and Social Science
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.54 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Who would have thought that because I received you with hospitality and kindness, you should imagine me capable of writing with propriety and perspicuity? Your gratitude misleads your judgment. The knowledge which I acquired from your conversation has amply repaid me for your five weeks' entertainment. I gave you nothing more than what common hospitality dictated; but could any other guest have instructed me as you did?
"Synopsis" by ,
18th-century classic detailing seafaring life in New England and plantation culture in the South also provided Old World readers with first major impressions of American landscapes, people, institutions, and problems of making one nation out of diverse former colonies. Introduction and Notes by Warren Barton Blake.
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