Letter III: What is an American?


QUESTIONS FOR “Letter III: What is an American?”

As you read the bracketed selections on the photocopy of Crèvecoeur’s “Letter III,” please note the following (cite page numbers and paragraph numbers so that we can easily follow along in class):

  1. What passages reflect Crèvecoeur’s view of America as a “melting pot”?
  2. What passages reflect Crèvecoeur’s view/definition of the “American Dream”? How does he define it?
  3. If you had to give Crèvecoeur’s answer to the question at the title of this letter (“What is an American?”), how would you summarize the author’s main points? What are the primary characteristics of an American in his point of view? (again, cite pages/paragraphs that illustrate those points)
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